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Kenneth Lott Holton

Kenneth Lott Holton of High Springs died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2014, in the ICU at North Florida Regional after complications as a result of H1N1 and pneumonia. He was 58.

Kenneth Holton, affectionately known as Ken and Kenny, was born Dec. 16, 1955 in Starke, Fla., the youngest of five children. He was adopted and raised by Lott and Elvy Holton of High Springs.

Kenneth graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1973, where he led the Raider Regiment as Drum Major, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Florida. Music was his passion. He played any instrument he picked up but was most likely to be spotted behind a piano. Last week, wife Nanette said of Kenneth, “The first time I met him, he was sitting on a piano bench, I was only in the eighth grade and told our piano teacher that I was going to marry that handsome boy one day. I’ve been with the handsome man now for 41 years and he still makes me fall in love with him every time he sits down and plays the piano.”

Kenneth was called to ministry at a young age and served at many churches in the area including Forest Grove Baptist of Alachua, North Central Baptist of Gainesville, and most recently Gateway Baptist of Lake City, where he led his final earthly congregation in worship. If he wasn’t tuning a piano or leading a choir, he was probably underneath the hood of a car. He is remembered as a sweet man of utmost kindness, generosity, and servitude, an example and friend to many, and a maker of music and love.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Bernice Lott Holton, and mother, Elvy Booth Holton; survived by his wife, Nanette E. Peacock Holton; three children Kendra Helton (Jonathan) of Chicago, Kena Little (Michael) of Jacksonville, and Kenneth Lott Holton II of High Springs.

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at First Baptist High Springs, 20112 US Hwy 441, from 6 – 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at First Baptist High Springs; doors will open one hour prior. Interment will follow. Flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kenneth Holton Memorial Fund, 25048 NW 182nd Ave., High Springs, FL 32643.

Arrangements by Evans Carter Funeral Home 386-454-2444.

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Eileen Agnes Sullivan

Eileen Agnes Sullivan, known affectionately by her siblings as “Lee,” was born Oct. 4, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and passed away Feb. 9, 2014 in Green Cove Springs with her family by her side. She was the daughter of Bridget O’Sullivan and Daniel Sullivan, one of five siblings, and was preceded in death by three brothers: Raymond, Gerard and Charles, and a sister, Genevieve. They grew up on their family farm in upstate Middletown, N.Y.

Eileen met her husband, Joseph Aloysius Judd, Jr., a WW II US Army Corps veteran and Prison of War, at the local USO Center in New York City. She attained her designation as a Registered Nurse in 1949 from the School of Nursing at the Long Island College Hospital and worked at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital. She attended Hunter College in New York City, and in 1953 attained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and was enrolled in medical school for several years, but withdrew upon the birth of her daughter in 1956.

She moved to Miami Shores, Fla., in the early 1960s. She remarried and the family moved to California. She pursued a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1967. The family moved to Gainesville, Fla., in 1968. She attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Irish Literature at the University of Florida in 1969, and became a professor. Dr. Sullivan’s last career was that of Cabinet Affairs Director at the former Florida Department of Natural Resources in Tallahassee from which she retired in 1990.

She was active in the local and state Democratic Party and launched a gubernatorial campaign in 1978. In her early years at the University of Florida, she was a founding member of the University Professors for Academic Order (UPAO). She was also a nominee for the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 hosted by former Governor Bob Graham.

Eileen loved gardening and touring abroad with her granddaughter, Tara. Most of all Eileen loved Irish folklore and literature and travelled extensively to Ireland where her cousins reside to this day.

She is survived by her daughter, Danielle JoAnne Judd of Green Cove Springs, Fla., a granddaughter, Tara Lee Malone of Alachua, Fla., three great grandchildren: Tony Dewayne Henderson, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C., Catherine Danielle Henderson and Aidan Michael Henderson both of Alachua.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the North Central Florida Alzheimer’s Association Chapter in her memory. Special thanks are extended to her primary care physician, specializing in geriatrics, Dr. Sherif El-Salawy and Ms. Cheryl Robinson, LCSW for their support to Danielle over the years.

Arrangements are under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, Fla. Services will be held at St. Madeleine Catholic Church, High Springs, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. followed immediately by a luncheon reception in the church fellowship hall.

 

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Eletha Lee Renfroe Malphurs

W - Obit - MalphursEletha Lee Renfroe Malphurs

Eletha Lee Renfroe Malphurs, age 96 of Alachua, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. She was born Jan. 28, 1918 in Bradford County, Fla., to Paul and Loca Parrish Renfroe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Malphurs, in 1987.

Mrs. Malphurs is survived by her children, Bobby (Judy) Malphurs, Billy (Sharon) Malphurs, Linda Kay (Virgil) Dougherty; grandchildren, Kurt (Lisa) Malphurs, Kristy Hart, Jonathan (Melissa) Dougherty, Heather (Thomas) Moore, Jennifer Black, Christopher Malphurs, Ashley Malphurs; great-grandchildren, Megan Malphurs, Rebecca and David Hart, Gunnar and Grant Dougherty, Trey and Maddox Moore, Ryleigh Black; brother, Reamer (Mildred) Renfroe; sisters, Ella Mae (Jim) Willis, Dorothy Clyatt and Loca McDavid.

Mrs. Malphurs was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a very dedicated member of First United Methodist Church of Alachua.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Alachua with Pastor Lamar Albritton and Reamer Renfroe officiating. Interment will follow in Elzey Chapel Cemetery in Worthington Springs, Fla. The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea, 823 NW 143rd Street, Gainesville, Fla. Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomasfunerlhome.com. Arrangements under the care of Williams-Thomas Westarea, 352-376-7556.

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Larry “Bubba” Spralding

W - Obit - LARRY SPRALDINGLarry “Bubba” Spralding, 54, of Alachua passed away on Feb. 7, 2014, at his residence. He is the son of Mae Eva Spralding and the late Rand “Big Rand” Spralding, Sr. Sister, Patricia “Randella” Spralding also preceded him in death.

Larry was a 1977 graduate of Santa Fe High School and was employed by the School Board of Alachua County as a bus driver from 1983- 2013.

He leaves to mourn his passing: a loving mother, Mae Eva Spralding; siblings, Regina Spralding, Rand Spralding, Jr. and Melvin Spralding all of Alachua; Jimmy Spralding, Gainesville; Deborah S. Smith, Raiford and Elaine H. Daniels, Lake Butler and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many many friends.

Visitation will he held on Friday, Feb. 14, 2015 from 6 – 7 p.m. at A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home, 1560 NW 1st Ave. (386-454-1110) High Springs. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Female Protective Temple, 12610 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606.

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Mary (Marcy) Marceline Wagner

Mary (Marcy) Marceline Wagner

06/18/1944 - 01/23/2014

In the middle of WWII a beautiful babe was born. Mary Marceline Wagner, better known as Marcy, started the journey of her life in Williamsville, Mo., on June 18, 1944.

Marcy was a mother, daughter, sister, granny, friend, songwriter and problem solver. She was a master of thread arts, an avid book reader, a professional seamstress and porcelain doll maker, a party goer and, according to her children, the best cook and fudge maker. Marcy had a wonderful sense of humor; she was always ready for a new adventure. Her colorful and sparkling personality was loved by all.

Children lovingly left behind are Billie Jo Benedict of High Springs, Fla., Tony Ray Benedict of Elkhart, Ind., Scott E. Benedict of New York and Denise Ellen Benedict of Elkhart, Ind. Marcy is also survived by her siblings, Betty H. James of Texas, Thomas G. Wagner of Florida, Audrey Butler of Virginia, Lena Rosas of Texas, John W. Wagner of Indiana, Wanda G. Wagner of Indiana, Don W. Wagner of Michigan; 10 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and her daughter, Sherrie Lee Benedict on Jan. 22, 1974.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the High Springs New Century Woman's Club at 40 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs. on Feb. 8, 2014, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectively requests memorial contributions be made in Marcy's name to The High Springs New Century Woman's Club, PO Box 1154, High Springs, FL 32655.

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