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Myrtis Cone Sullivan

Myrtis Cone Sullivan, 93, of High Springs, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 after a brief illness.

She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, High Springs. She retired from General Electric in Alachua. For many years she volunteered her time serving meals at the High Springs Senior Center.

Her husband, William Cecil Sullivan, granddaughter Teresa Sutton Holley, and great grandson Christopher Sutton preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter Vivian Sutton Robinette; her brother Clifford Cone of Georgia; five grandchildren, David Sutton, Pam Sutton Nobles, William Sutton, Sandy Sutton Logeson, Connie Sutton Fox; nine great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. -5 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs. Funeral Services will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, NW 298th Street, High Springs. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Janice Davis Skipper

Janice Davis Skipper, 81, longtime High Springs resident, passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, 2013 at her daughter’s residence in Dunedin, Fla., where she resided for the past 10 years.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. Emmett E. Martin and Esther Phifer Martin born in the community of Haines, Fla. She was retired from General Electric as a battery assembly operator, a member of First United Methodist Church of High Springs having taught Sunday School for 25 years, served as Sunday School Secretary, a member of Morning Glory Circle and served as Girl Scout leader.

She was preceded in death by husbands Ira Judson Davis, Sr. and Samuel Donald Skipper, and son Ira Judson “Jus” Davis, Jr.

Survivors include daughter Connie (Allen) Dugan of Dunedin; sister Margaret Anne Steele of Roanoke, Va., granddaughters Sarah (Ted) Ricca of Palm Harbor and Lydia Dugan of Dunedin.

Graveside Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at the High Springs Cemetery with Revs. Morris Beck and Alan Patz officiating. Visitation was Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 5 – 7 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, Fla.

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Floyd A. Seaton

Floyd A. Seaton, 80, longtime resident of the Hague Community passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at his residence. He was a retired heavy equipment operator, a Veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Baptist Faith.

He was survived by his loyal companion, Patricia Rojas of Hague, a daughter, Deborah (Freeman) Seay of Lake Butler; sons Floyd Anthony Seaton of High Springs, Lyle (Macey) Seaton and Rusty (Sharon) Seaton both of Hague; brother, Louis Seaton of Kentucky; three sisters, Genevra DeVries, Dorothy Bryant both of Gainesville and Viola Allen of Fort Myers. Eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home of High Springs.

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Norbert B. Ward

Norbert B. Ward, 89, passed away at the Gainesville VA Medical Center on Oct. 19, 2013. Mr. Ward served as an Army medic during World War II. He was born in Paintsville, Ky., on November 21, 1923 and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.

He resided in Nicholasville, Ky., where he worked as an accountant until his retirement. He married Margaret Jean Blackford and they moved to Alachua, Fla., in 2006. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and attended St. Madeleine Catholic Church in High Springs, Fla. His interests included gardening, genealogy, bell ringing choir, and playing bingo with friends at the Cleather Hathcock Community Center in Alachua.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; brother, John P. Ward (Madeleine) of Nicholasville; sister, Charlotte Gallagher (Bernard) of Beltsville, Md., as well as his many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and stepchildren, Bill Blackford, Linda Terrel, Rita Pasmore, Roger Blackford, Janice Moser and their children.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. at St. Madeleine Catholic Church, 17155 NW U.S. Highway 441, High Springs, Fla., with Fr. Sebastian K. George as celebrant. A reception will follow.

Arrangements are under the care of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea, 823 NW 143rd Street, Gainesville, Fla. 352-376-7556.

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John Earl Southerland, Sr.

Mr. John Earl Southerland, Sr., 82, of Alachua, passed away peacefully at the E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 after an extended illness. Mr. Southerland was born Dec. 4, 1930 in Bradford County to the late Willie and Willia Mae Southerland. Mr. Southerland has lived most of his life in the Alachua County area and retired as a truck driver of the Copeland Sausage Company. Mr. Southerland was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the Johnstown Baptist Church.

Mr. Southerland is survived by his loving wife, Bertha Mae Southerland of Alachua; daughters, Diane S. Rush of Citra and Denise S. Crosby (Donald) of Hawthorne; sons, Johnny E. Southerland, Jr. (LuJune) and J. Allen Southerland of Alachua; brother, Bruce D. Southerland of High Springs; sisters, Hazel S. Varnes of Lake Butler and Iva S. Harrelson of Florahome. Five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Southerland will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in the chapel of Archer Funeral Home. Internment will follow in the New Zion Cemetery in LuLu. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler, 386-496-2008. Please sign the guestbook at

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