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Wallace Malcolm Hawkins

Wallace Malcolm Hawkins, 80, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Mr. Hawkins was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to the late Wallace Marvin Hawkins and Lillian Wilson Hawkins. He served in the Air Force, retired from the civil service at Robins Air Force Base and was a member of Hardison Baptist Church, where he cared for the church grounds for several years. He enjoyed being outdoors, loved to garden, and spent time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Louise Hawkins; their children, Daryl and Melaine Hawkins of Byron, and Don and Vicky Hawkins of Centerville; grandchildren, Kristin and Dennis Fryzel of Louisville, Ky., Kystle and Kris Williamson of Perry; great grandchildren, Hayden, Landyn, Aaron James, Aslyn, and Luke; and a sister, Yvonne McMillian of Stockbridge. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Gallimore, and a brother, Jimmy Hawkins.

Visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Rooks Funeral Home in Bryon, Ga. A graveside service with military honors was held Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Elim Baptist Church Cemetery in Fort White, Fla., Rev. Rick Odum officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 5233 Riverside Dr., Ste. E., Macon, Ga., 31210. Burial arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, Fla.

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Feirmon E. Welch

Mr. Feirmon E. Welch, 100, passed away, Sept.3, 2013 at North Florida Rehabilitation and Specialty Care Center, Gainesville, Fla. Mr. Welch was a member of Paradise United Methodist Church, Alachua, where he actively served in a number of positions including Lay Leader, Sunday School Superintendent and Trustee. Mr. Welch was also a member of the Masonic Family and Retired Teachers Association. Mr. Welch received his Masters Degree from Florida A & M University and Bethune Cookman College, and retired as Principal from Springhill Elementary School.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma G. Welch, Alachua; children, Rudolph Welch and Virginette Welch of Alachua and Feirmon Johnson and John Johnson of Ft. Lauderdale; sister, Edith Johnson of Hollywood, Fla., and two grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Welch were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at A.L. Mebane Middle School, Alachua, with Rev. Yolonda Godbolt, and Rev J.D. Johnson, officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Plain Cemetery, Jonesville, Fla. Arrangements entrusted to Chestnut Funeral Home, Inc., 18 N.W. 8th Avenue, Gainesville, Fla.

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Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor, 65, of Fort White, passed away at his home Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Mr. Taylor is survived by wife Irene Taylor, Fort White; son, Damien Taylor, Greensville, S.C.; stepdaughter, Shamika Robinson, Ocala; stepson, James Grady, Salisbury, Md., and other relatives and friends.

Viewing for Mr. Taylor will be held Friday, July 26, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. in Fort White at Pentecostal Believers Church, SW Amiel Court; Mother Rosa Bryant, pastor. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 27 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Jordan Road, Fort White; Rev. Donnell Sanders, pastor.

Professional care entrusted to A Jerome Brown Funeral Home, 1560 NW 1st Ave., High Springs, Fla., 386-454-1110.

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Mrs. L.J. Smith

Mrs. L.J. Smith, 93, passed away Aug. 31, 2013 at the Senatobia Convalescent Center and Rehab in Senatobia, Ms., after struggling with dementia and heart problems. She was born July 20, 1920 in Bell, Fla., to James A. Brock and Lallie L. Caraway Brock.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Smith Jr., son John Henry Smith III, grandson John Henry Smith IV, parents James and Lallie Brock and brothers R.J. Brock (Rena) and Leon Brock (Nita) and sister Lavonne Brock.

She is survived by daughters Nancy Leona Smith of Senatobia and Elizabeth Ann Smith of Newberry, Fla.; brothers Glen Brock (Eloise) of Dade City, Fla., and Edison Brock (Wilma) of St. Petersburg; grandchildren Sharon Lynn Bennett (Donnie) of Senatobia, Ms., Carla Beckman (Tony) of San Ramon, Calf., Christopher Dean Smith(Mary) of Newberry and one adopted granddaughter, Jamie Smith Craig of Gainesville, Fla.; great grandchildren Matthew Paul and Rachel Elizabeth Bennett of Senatobia, Ms., Lauren Brooke and Katelyn Grace Smith both of Newberry, Ryan Adam Ward of Lake Butler, Fla., Zander Beckman of San Ramon, Calf., and Robert Brian Ward (Victoria), who is serving in the Marines.

Visitation will be at Williams - Thomas West area, Sept. 11, 2013 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Newberry Sept. 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in Union Baptist Cemetery.

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Lee Billie Thacker

Lee Billie Thacker, 83, passed away July 9, 2013 at Haven Hospice after a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 22, 1929 in Pike County, Ky., to Elzie and Brooksie (Hurley) Thacker. He was a plumber and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Warden-Thacker; brothers, Royal Thacker and Elzie Thacker Jr., and sister Fontilla Dean; six children, Sue Hunt, Renee Carol, Denise McDaniel, Teresa Matiacio, Randall Thacker and Drandall Thacker; two step-children, Brain Warden and Melissa Hill.

He was much loved by his children, step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great grandchildren and by many friends. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 24455 NW 174th Avenue, High Springs with President David Bruck conducting. Arrangements are under the care of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea, 823 NW 143rd Street, Gainesville, Fla.

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