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Mr. Dewey Dwain Walker

Mr. Dewey Dwain Walker, 56, of Cross City, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016. Mr. Walker was a lifelong resident of Cross City. He was a millwright and welder. Mr. Walker traveled, working shutdowns and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his sons, Andy Walker and Daniel Walker, both of ... Full Story »

Mr. John Spessard “Spaz” Branch

Mr. John Spessard “Spaz” Branch, 74, of Cross City, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 after a long illness. Spaz was born in Cross City, Florida to Norman and Lela Branch on February 24, 1941 and lived his lifetime here. He worked with the Dixie County Sheriff’s office as an Animal Control Officer. He was a member of the Ray ... Full Story »

Mr. Gilbert Fulton Byrd, Sr.

Mr. Gilbert Fulton Byrd, Sr., 86, of Cross City, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Mr. Byrd was born in River Junction on January 11, 1930.  He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He moved to Cross City, from Pensacola sixty years ago and worked for Empire Gas for many years.  After retiring ... Full Story »

Mrs. Lula Mae “Lu” Wimberly Dortch

Mrs. Lula Mae “Lu” Wimberly Dortch of Chiefland, passed away at her home on January 20, 2016 following a lengthy illness.  Lu was born on June 19, 1928, in Chiefland to Samuel Ellis and Allie Mae Cannon Wimberly.  The family moved to many north Florida cities, including Gainesville, Fernandina Beach, and Jacksonville, where Lu attended John Gorrie High School. While ... Full Story »

Mr. Riley Jack Ellis

Mr. Riley Jack Ellis, 78, of Chiefland, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Mr. Ellis moved to Chiefland from West Palm Beach in 1993. He was a member of Joppa Lodge #4 in Old Town and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Old Town. He is survived by his sons, Lonny Waco Ellis ... Full Story »

Mr. Charles E. Forehand, Sr.

Mr. Charles E. Forehand, Sr., 77, of Chiefland, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Mr. Forehand was born in Trenton on December 21, 1938 to Richard and Ruth Forehand.  He was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He was member of the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club.  He was Baptist. Full Story »

Mrs. Joan Kathleen Dowd Landry

Mrs. Joan Kathleen Dowd Landry, 84, of Gainesville,  passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Mrs. Landry was born in the community of Concord in Staten Island, New York, on September 22, 1931. She moved to Weeki Wachee in 1991 and then to Brookdale at Hunters Crossing in Gainesville in 2005. Full Story »

Mrs. Krystale Gale Shinault

Mrs. Krystale Gale  Shinault,  37, went to be with the Lord January 12, 2016  in  Port Charlotte. She is survived by her husband, Shawn; daughters, Deven, 15 and Andrea, 12; mother, Patricia Graham Lee of Gainesville; sister, Terrasa of Mississippi; brothers, David (Carmeline), Johnny, and Joe (Anna) of Gainesville and Mitchell (Nancy) of Mississippi; father, Walker (Molly); sisters, Tammy and ... Full Story »

Mr. Phillip Warren Watson

Phillip Warren Watson, born February 1, 1956, passed away January 14, 2016 after a brief illness. Phillip was a lifetime resident, cattleman and farmer in Gilchrist and Levy Counties. He is survived by his wife Susan Watson of Chiefland; daughter Shannon (John) Sims of Branford; son, Steven Watson of New York, New York; a granddaughter, Ila Nicole Sims of Branford; ... Full Story »

Mrs. Shirley Louise Wright

Mrs. Shirley Louise Wright, 67, of Old Town, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016. Mrs. Wright moved here in 1982 from Tampa, where she was born on August 17, 1948.  She worked as a babysitter and enjoyed cooking and gardening.  She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Full Story »