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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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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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John C. Hipp

John C. Hipp, beloved father, auto racing enthusiast, and founder of John C. Hipp Construction and Equipment Co., Inc. in Alachua, died of cancer Saturday, September 14, at his home on the Ichetucknee River in Branford. He was 78.

Deeply loved patriarch to three generations, John was surrounded in his last days by his wife, Mary; their three daughters, Virginia Johns, Lisa Albertson, and Amanda Hipp; son-in-laws Kenny Johns, Miles Albertson, and John Mayberry; grandson-in-law, Matt Webster; seven grandchildren, Anita, Caleb, Chelsea, Victoria, Mary, Adam and Christina; and three great-grandchildren, Felicity, Arabella, and Phoenix.

Born February 19, 1935, in East Orange, N.J., John was third in a family of five children. John is preceded in death by parents Ralph and Lydia Hipp, sister, Barbara, brothers, Ralph, David and Tim, and greatgranddaughter,


Through life, John was always busy. As a small child on the family’s new Indiana farm, his mother attached him by a rope to the clothesline to keep him from running off with the family dog. At a young age, John had a passion for cars. He and his father fixed up a hot rod when John was a teen. His father plowed a race track for him in one of the corn fields behind the house.

When the family moved to Williston, Fla., John met his lifelong love, Mary Edna Fugate. They both graduated Williston High School in 1953 and were married at the First Methodist Church by the same pastor that married Mary’s parents.

As a young man, John worked as a car salesman in Williston, Chiefland, and Gainesville before opening his own dealership, Gainesville Auto Sales, Inc. in 1968. In his twenties and thirties, John also owned several race cars that he raced at area tracks. But it was his modified 1963 Chevrolet that became the first Gainesville car in history to race at Daytona when it ran in the NASCAR Permatex 300 in 1966. Later that year, his car would finish 18th in the Daytona Firecracker 400.

In the late 1960s, John opened Hipp Ford Tractor north of Gainesville, with younger brother, Tim, before founding John C. Hipp Const., an asphalt paving company, on Sept. 14, 1976 -- the same month and day of his passing.

John’s oldest daughter, Virginia, has run the family business since his retirement in the late 1990s. His second daughter, Lisa, is vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Through the years, all three daughters and three generations have worked in the company.

A student of Dale Carnegie, John approached his business and family with the same principles and charm.

“Always make a person feel comfortable when you talk to them,” his daughters remember him saying, “and when you shake someone’s hand, have a firm grip and look them in the eye.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 100386, Gainesville, FL 32610. Please note John C. Hipp in the memo line.

A celebration of John’s life will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL. 32606.

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Leroy Wilson, Jr.

Leroy Wilson, Jr., 78, passed away peacefully at E.T. York Hospice surrounded by his loving family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a devoted member of Living Hope in Christ Outreach Ministry, Inc., High Springs, Fla.

Mr. Wilson leaves to cherish his memories two loving daughters, Saritha Bishop (Andrew), Alachua, Fla., and Sharon Wilson and one son Earnest Wilson, both of New Jersey; five sisters, two brothers, one uncle, 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and a host of sorrowing nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Living Hope in Christ Outreach Ministry, Inc., 615 SE MLK Blvd., High Springs, Fla. Viewing will be at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service, parting glimpse after the eulogy. The procession will form at the church at 10:30 a.m.   Burial will take place Oct. 1, 2013 at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Center, Spanish, Fort Alabama with Military Honors.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Washington Funeral Home, 3809 East University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641

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Mildred Durr Parker

Mildred Durr Parker, 83, of High Springs passed on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 in Gainesville. Loving care was provided to her by nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Ms. Parker was held Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 605 SE Railroad Ave., High Springs, Rev. Courtney Bryan, pastor.

Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery.

Professional Service entrusted to A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home, High Springs.

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