Dorothy Mae Rhoden, 88, of Alachua passed away Sept. 11, 2016. Mrs. Rhoden was born to the late Leroy and Margie Erixton in Saint Joseph, Missouri, but had lived in the Alachua area since 1974 after moving there from Gainesville. Mrs. Rhoden was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship in Lake Butler and was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Rhoden. Mrs. Rhoden was a longtime member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Gainesville.

Mrs. Rhoden is survived by her daughter, Sherry Gorny (Joe) of Salt Springs, Florida; her sons, Buddy Rhoden (June) of Alachua, David Rhoden of Alachua, and James Rhoden (Debbie) of Hague; a daughter at heart, Shirlene Harvey (Jimmy) of High Springs; her grandchildren, Dava, Donna, Janeen, Leslie, Rachel,Tina, and T.J., 15 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and other family members.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rhoden will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at the Archer Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Butler with Bro. Terry Elixson officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Jasper, Florida.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler / 386-496-2008.

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Sharon Ann Dunagan Taylor, 71, of Fort White, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2016 at Haven Hospice with her daughter and granddaughter by her side. She was born on Dec. 11, 1944 in Miami, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Paul Taylor; her brother, Jackson Pendleton Dunagan III; and her parents, Grace and Jackson Pendleton Dunagan II. She is survived by her five children; Lisa (Herb) Andling, Ernie (Michelle) Yohn, William Taylor, Tonya (Richie) McDonald, and Fred (Dusk) Taylor; 10 grandchildren, Katy, Jessi, Sarah, Alexa, Jackson, Griffin, Anthony, Taylor, Jabe William and Gracelynn; two great-granddaughters, Brooke and Teghan; her sister, Jackie (Jerry) Rogers; two nephews, Craig and Chip and her two dogs, Benny and Lucy.

A private Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Sept.17, 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sharon’s memory to E.T York Hospice Care Center 4200 N.W. 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home High Springs, Florida / 386-454-2444.

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Funeral services for Mr. Eugene Cook Sr., 92, of Fort White, Florida, will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at 11a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church, Jordan Road, Fort White, FL 32038. Rev. Donnell Sanders, pastor.

A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home 386-454-1110.

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Esther White Randolph, 89, of High Springs passed on Sept. 1, 2016. Viewing for Ms. Randolph will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to funeral.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 22991 Railroad Ave., High Springs, FL 32643. Rev. Kyle Morris, pastor; Rev. Lee Hunt, eulogist.

A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home / 386-454-1110.

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Donald Hugh Piper was born Sept. 14, 1930, and rode the Happy Trail on Aug. 28, 2016.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart over 66 years, Patricia Garner Piper.

After graduation from Lee High School in Jacksonville, he began work with Southern Bell in 1949. His first job in Fernandina Beach was to roll a wheelbarrow down Centre Street that was stocked with telephones that had dials and change out the telephones that didn’t have dials. He went on to become a lineman and installer before transferring to Jacksonville to work in PBX repair. He rose to PBX repair foreman then ended his career in 1985 as PBX repair instructor. Although he struggled in High School to pass English in order to graduate, his last task with Bell South was to write technical manuals on PBX installation and repair.

Shortly after retiring from Bell South, he founded Coastal Telephone Systems and continued to install and service telecom equipment. He finally retired from the telecom industry in 1990, ending a 41 year career in the telecom industry. Coastal Telephone Systems/ continued to service the Nassau County community for 20 more years.

As a young man, Don enjoyed racing boats in the Amelia River, seining for fish in the ocean with his Southern Bell and Florida Public Utility friends, hunting, camping, and fishing the creeks off-island for panfish. He loved to ride his registered Cracker horse in Ft. White where his property abutted River Rise State Park, and won prizes for the endurance rides and being the oldest rider. He was also a volunteer at the area state parks. He was a member of the Fernandina Beach Optimist Club, a Mason for over 50 years with Amelia Lodge 47, Fernandina Beach Baptist Church, Yulee Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church High Springs.

Predeceasing him were his parents, Lawrence Milton and Rozelle Douglas Piper. He is survived by his daughters Kathy Piper, Fernandina Beach, and Cynthia Piper Evers, Ft. White; a son, Lawrence (Carol) Piper, Jacksonville, Florida; a sister, Carol Baldwin, Auburndale, Florida; five grandkids, eight great grandkids, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and many, many friends.

A memorial service is scheduled at Evans Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Haven Hospice, Chiefland Branch, Florida, or Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center, Trenton, Florida.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans Carter Funeral Home, 18724 N. Main Street, High Springs, FL, 32643, 386-454-2444.

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