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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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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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John “Jack” Edward Parrish, Sr.

John “Jack” Edward Parrish, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at North Florida Regional Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 16, 1938 in Leesburg, Fla., the son of Harley Watson Parrish and Olive Margaret Petersen Parrish. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Patricia “Pat” Kirby Parrish and three sons, John Edward Parrish, Jr. (Renee) of Crawfordville; Mark Steven Parrish (Sarah) of Mint Hill, N.C. and David Wayne Parrish of Alachua.

Mr. Parrish had six grandchildren, Amber Parrish Vickers (Bobby) of Crawfordville, Steven Paul Parrish (Dierdra)and Emily Melissa Parrish both of Charlotte, N.C., John Wesley Golden (Leslie) of High Springs, Jennifer Tanner of Georgia and David Austin Parrish of Orlando, He also had seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Harley T. Parrish of Conyers, Ga., and two sisters, Margaret Parrish Grimando of Orlando and Mary Ruth Parrish Johnson of Ocala. He was predeceased by his parents, Harley and Olive, a brother, William “Bill” Preston Parrish and his only daughter, Mary Kathryne Parrish Golden.

Mr. Parrish worked for the Florida Highway Patrol until 1976 when he left to become the first Chief of Police for the City of Alachua Police Department. He retired from that position and law enforcement in 1984. He and Pat enjoyed time together fishing and traveling around America seeing God’s treasures.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. Contributions in Mr. Parrish’s memory can be made to Concerned Christians for the Community, P.O. Box 14582 Gainesville, FL 32604 or the American Heart Association.

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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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Irene Sofia Rodriguez

Pastor Rodriguez, 91, of Gainesville passed on Sept. 9, 2013. She was born in Cuba and lived most of life there before moving to Texas, then to Gainesville. She served faithfully as a pastor for more than 60 years with the international church, Soldiers of the Cross. She was a kind and loving person. She was deeply loved by her relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Pastor Rodriguez were held Sunday, Sept. 15. 2013. Burial followed in the High Springs Cemetery.

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

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