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Virginia D. Batt

Virginia D. Batt, 89, High Spring, Fla., resident for 19 years passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of Union Baptist Church near the Newberry/Trenton area. She was a native of Newberry, Fla; daughter of the lade Hudson Davis and Josephine Suggs Davis and widow of the late Richard A. Batt.

Survivors include sons, Benjamin F. Griffis, Jr., and Joseph Griffis, both of Orlando; three daughters, Judy White of Orlando, Gail Wilkerson of Micanopy and Charlotte Dever of Fort White, Fla.; one brother, Bryant D. Davis of San Diego, Calf.; one sister, Cora Mae Grace of High Springs, Fla.; 20 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with Reverend Travis Moody officiating. Burial will be at Union Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, Fla.; 386-454-2444.

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Richard Shane Goolsby

Richard Shane Goolsby, age 58, Bell, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Gainesville, Fla., to the late John and Pauline Goolsby.

Mr. Goolsby was a member of the North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and worked as a grocery store manager for many years.

He is survived by one son, Robert Scott Goolsby of High Springs, Fla.; one daughter, Sarah Goolsby of Alachua, Fla.; two grandchildren, Trevor A. Smith and W. Cale Goolsby; one brother, Jerry (Iris) Goolsby of Alachua; and two sisters, Marsha (Gene) Burkey and Terri Lynn both of Keystone Heights, Fla.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at 11 a.m., at the Evans-Carter Funeral Home, with Mr. Jason Stewart officiating.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., High Springs, FL.

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Loria Ann Price Stokes

Loria Ann Price Stokes, age 50, passed at home in High Springs, Fla., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. She is the daughter of Mary Price and the late Harvey Price, Sr. She was preceded in death by husband Earl Stokes.

Loria Ann was a member of High Springs Church of God by Faith. She is a 1981 graduate of Santa Fe High School, Alachua, Fla. She earned an Associate in Science in Phlebotomy and Bachelors and Masters degrees from Nova University. She worked as a social worker with several government agencies. Her last place of employment was with Partnership and Strong Families as a Family Care Counselor Supervisor.

Lorie Ann is survived by mother, Mary Price; sister, Gina Price-Gassett; brothers, Harvey Price Jr., Thaddeous Price and Gerald Price; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The viewing for Lorie Ann Stokes will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 from 6-7 p.m. at A Jerome Brown Funeral Home, 1650 NW 1st Ave., High Springs. Funeral services will be on Saturday, Jan. 18 at High Springs Church of God by Faith, 1605 NW 1st Ave., High Springs), Elder James Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, High Springs.

Professional Services entrusted to A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home.

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Cheryl Yvette Holmes-Robinson

Cheryl Yvette Holmes-Robinson, age 47, passed Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Shands at UF. She is the daughter of Ernest Holmes, Jr. and the late Christine O’neal Holmes. She is a 1984 graduate of Santa Fe High School, Alachua.

Cheryl is survived by husband, Elmo Dwayne Robinson; children, Brandon Diston, Jermaine McClellon and Christina Snead; 18 siblings; grandfather Rev. Ernest Holmes Sr., aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews , in-laws, cousins and friends.

Viewing for Mrs. Robinson will be held Friday, Jan. 17 from 6-7 p.m. at A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home Funeral. Services will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the Female Protective Society Temple, 12610 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, Fla.

Professional Services entrusted to A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home, 1560 NW 1st Ave., High Springs, FL.

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Shirley Ann (Polly) Kelley Howell

  Born June 22, 1943 in Coffee County, Ala., Shirley Ann (Polly) Kelley Howell went to her heavenly home Jan. 9, 2014 at Gainesville, Fla., following a brief illness. She is of Christian faith. Polly was a resident of Alachua County since moving from St. Petersburg 47 years ago.

Polly was a humble, feisty, fun-loving lady who was devoted to caring for countless nieces, nephews, grandchildren and children - related or not- who called her Mom, Nana, Big Nana or Aunt Polly. She was a band, rodeo and FFA mom for many years. She loved the outdoors and spent many summers on camping trips with family and friends. She was a beautiful woman who enjoyed doing crafts, listening to Conway Twitty, watching John Wayne movies, playing cards with her grandsons and watching baseball or other new-to-her activities. She had an awesome sense of humor and enjoyed making people smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reba Inez Creech Kelley and John Robert Kelley; her devoted husband of 44 years, William E. Howell; four siblings and her grandson, Timothy Allen Parrish.

She is survived by two sons: John E. (Kay) Howell, High Springs; Jackie L. (Kim) Howell, Keystone Heights; one daughter, Judy Howell-Parrish, Ft. White; five brothers, James Kelley, Avon Park; John Kelley, Sebring; Jim Kelley, Lorton, Va.; Donnie Kelley, Avon Park; LeRoy Kelley, Frostproof; Billy Kelley, Perry and three sisters, Melba McCarty, Auburndale; and Angela Lineberger and Sue Gibson, Polk City. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Sandy Parrish Richter, Terry (Boogie) Parrish, Ben Parrish, Kirstian Moates, Tommy Parrish; Casey, William and Caleb Howell, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family received friends at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 North Main Street, High Springs, Florida, from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12. Services were conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at the First United Methodist Church of High Springs (17405 NW U.S. Highway 441) with Brother Chuck Weber officiating. Interment was at the High Springs Cemetery immediately following the service.

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