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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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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  http://www.archerfuneralhome.com/.

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Patricia Ann Spralding

Patricia Ann Spralding, 54, also known as “Pat, Mommie and Tricia” passed away on Sept. 30, 2013. She is the daughter of Mae Spralding and the late Rand “Big Rand” Spralding, Sr.

Ms. Spralding was a 1976 graduate of Santa Fe High School. Those who knew “Pat” found her to be the same person from day one up to her death. She was a hard worker and would extend a helping hand to whoever needed it. She met no stranger.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son Joe Williams, Jr. (Tarris), Alachua; a devoted friend, Charlie Folston, six grandchildren and one great grandchild; seven siblings, Elaine Daniels (Samuel), Rand Spralding, Jr., Jimie Spralding (Loretta), Larry Spralding, Deborah Smith (Anthony), Melvin Spralding (Renee) and Regina Spralding; aunts, uncles, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Viewing for Ms. Spralding will he held Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home, 1560 NW 1st Ave., High Springs. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Ronald Jefferson Watson

Ronald Jefferson Watson, born March 8, 1955, died unexpectedly on Oct. 5, 2013 at his home.

Mr. Watson was employed by the City of Alachua and had been there for 17 years. He attended Forest Grove Baptist Church. He loved football (Georgia and FSU) and also loved fishing.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Watson; mother, Juanita Whiddon; his brother, Rudolph Watson, and his sister, Charlotte Smith. He is survived by his sisters, Glenda Herrin of Alachua and Shirley Smith of Bronson, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main Street, High Springs, Fla. Funeral Services will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 2 p.m. at Forest Grove Baptist Church, 22575 NW 94th Ave., Alachua, Fla. Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, Fla.

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Marguerite Barnett Linch

Marguerite Barnett Linch, 96, died Sept. 26, 2013. She was born on a farm near O’Brien, Fla., on Oct. 1, 1916. She had eight brothers and sisters, and maintained close communication with all of them throughout her life.

She is survived by her son, Jody David Linch and granddaughter, Emma Marguerite Linch; her daughter, Diane Ravenna Shupe and her granddaughter, Ravenna Barnett Forrester Mason, all of High Springs; her grandson, Ray Walker Forrester, Jr. and great granddaughter, Nora Allison Forrester, both of Norfolk, Va.; one brother Ovid R. Barnett and one sister Vivian Maxine Barnett Horne. She gives recognition to her faithful caregiver, Debbie Gail Roberts.

She worked as a secretary for the Farm Security Administration in Mayo, Fla. She moved to High Springs in 1942 after her marriage to Horace Greeley Linch, a railroad engineer, and deceased 1978. After her two children were grown she graduated from Lake City Community College and completed a large amount of coursework at the University of Florida. She worked at the Martin Luther King Daycare Center in High Springs. She worked for the Food Stamp Agency in Gainesville, and also worked for Vocational Rehabilitation in Gainesville.

After she retired she devoted herself to the roles of grandmother, church member and tree farm proprietress. She was an avid gardener and she produced quantities of food for the table. She maintained a keen interest in politics and current events. She was a lifelong democrat.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in High Springs, 17405 NW US Hwy 441, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 3:30 p.m

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