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September 16, 2021 Obituaries

Lawrence Emmit Allen
Mr. Lawrence Emmit Allen, age 76, of Chiefland, FL passed away on July 30, 2021, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville.
He was born on March 6, 1946, in Gulf Hammock to Leasman and Claire Thomas Allen. Mr. Allen graduated high school in 1966 then went to work with the Central Florida Electric Company. He loved hunting and watching his Florida Gators. He was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church. Mr. Allen is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Tony Allen.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Dorothy Thelma Allen of Chiefland; his daughter, Lauree Allen (David Burgess) of Chiefland; grandson, Tony Caden; numerous extended family also survive.
A graveside service to honor Mr. Allen will be held on Thursday, September 17, at 10:00 am at Shady Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton.

Cassandra Rachelle Cason
Cassandra Rachelle Cason, 34, of Old Town passed away on August 31, 2021.
She is survived by her only child, Lani Lee; her parents, Alan and Michelle Cason; her sister, Catie (Lee) Carlisle; nephew and niece, Hunter and Fynlee; grandparents, Myrtle Lee and Orlando and Sandra Cason; as well as many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Cassandra was preceded in death by her “Papa”, Louise Lee; her “Big Granny”, Opal Cason; great-grandparents, “Big Granny” Geneva Martin and “Ma and Pa”, William and Nora Strickland.
Cassandra’s family and friends knew her as “Tootie”, a nickname given to her by her mom as a child. She had a passion for the ocean, mermaids, collecting shells, riding the river, and a love for music. She also enjoyed riding the atv’s and was an incredibly talented writer leaving notes and inspirational quotes with everyone she loved. Her greatest and truest love of all was her daughter, Lani Lee, who she shared the most precious bond with. Cassandra’s legacy will live on through her beautiful daughter and within the hearts of her family and friends. She will be deeply missed and remembered dearly.
Cassandra’s service will be held on Friday, September 17th at 2:00 at Wayfair Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton.

LaVerne Wilma Colson
Ms. LaVerne Wilma Colson, age 82, of Trenton, FL passed away peacefully on September 10, 2021 at Ayers Nursing Home in Trenton.
Ms. LaVerne was born on January 13, 1939 in Levy County to Clyatt Faircloth and LaNieve Margret Garner Faircloth. After graduating, she worked as a bookkeeper and Tax Collector Assistant in Levy County for 34 years. After retiring from Levy County, she worked for 7 years as a teacher’s assistant in Gilchrist County. She enjoyed life and everything beautiful. She loved gardening, interior decorating, and her dogs. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Colson; and siblings, Jay Faircloth and Jeanette Swilley.
Ms. Colson is survived by her daughters, Robin Colson of Tallahassee, Vivien Driscoll of Newberry, and Ann (Steve) Kroll of Fanning Springs; her six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Grace (Bill) Hulsizer of Dunnellon; numerous extended family also survive.
A funeral service to honor Ms. Colson’s life will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 3:00 pm at Watson-Milton Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 2:00 pm at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest at Ebenezer Cemetery in Chiefland. Bro. Jeremy Tatom of Fellowship Baptist Church will be officiating her services.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton.

Charles Davis
Charles Robert Davis, 84, of High Springs, Florida passed away September 12, 2021.
He was born December 29, 1936 in Pennsylvania and served in the United States Navy.
Charles worked for Department of Transportation as a concrete engineer.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Marker Williams. Charles is survived by his wife, Hilda; son, Chris Davis; daughter, Robin Davis, all of High Springs; two grandchildren, Matthew Caleb Davis, and Damion Ryan Jensen.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland Chapel, with locations in Cross City 352-498-5400 and Chiefland 352-493-0050. Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.

Anita Ramos
Ms. Anita Ramos, age 80, of Fanning Springs, FL went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 12, 2021 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States about 15 years ago. She was a lifelong farmer and a very talented one at that. She also loved to play BINGO and was a true conservative American patriot.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Mariano Ramos and parents, Ambrocio Laminares and Benita Canon Laminares.
Ms. Ramos is survived by her four daughters, Marie Ann Ramos of Zephyrhills, Marites (David) Padot of Fanning Springs, Marietta (Joel) Padot of Fanning Springs, and Marinette (Jerik) Medrano of the Philippines; her 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister in the Philippines; and a host of extended family also survive.
A funeral service to honor Ms. Ramos’ life was held on September 15th at Watson-Milton Funeral Home. She was laid to rest at Bethel Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson-Milton Funeral Home, Trenton.
Betty Lynn Brown-Spears
Betty Lynn Brown-Spears, age 88, of Gainesville, FL died Monday, August 30, 2021, at home surrounded by her son and the grace of God. Betty was born November 8, 1932, in Newberry, FL to Lee and Dora Nipper Brown.
Betty loved her family and helping those in need. She spent 37 years doing just that, working at the Florida State Employment office where she met some of her lifelong friends, either working with them or helping them find jobs. While she worked at the employment office, she also spent 25 years working with the Florida Watermelon Association, helping the watermelon farmers of Florida sell their products and taking the “Watermelon Queen” around the country to endorse the same farmers. She also was a driving force in the Newberry American Legion Auxiliary, working with veterans and their families to help acclimate veterans back into civilian life, and to help veterans in general.
Later in life, once she moved back to Gainesville with her family, she became President of the Gainesville Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul. She said that the work she did with Saint Vincent de Paul, helping the poor and serving the needy, was the most satisfying work she did.
Betty is survived by her loving son, John; grandson, Zachary and ex-husband, Johnny Mack Brown.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Larry Spears; her parents and her brothers and sisters.
A visitation will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 500 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. at the church with Fr. Lawrence as celebrant. Interment will follow in Newberry Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to Saint Vincent de Paul, https://ssvpusa.org/donate/ or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 500 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601.
Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.

Thank You to Gilchrist County
We the family of the late James H. “Jim” Floyd would like to thank you for your thoughtfulness, prayers, generosity, kind words and all other support given during this most difficult time. We especially thank Sheriff Bobby Schultz, his staff and honor guard for their assistance and participation. May God bless you daily and keep you safe.
Helen Floyd and family