2019 Obituaries

2019

May 16, 2019

RAMON D.
“SCOTTY” SCOTT
Ramon D. “Scotty” Scott, born September 23, 1934 in Cambridge, Ohio went to be with the Lord May 8, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He served in the National Guard and Air Force. He retired in 1985 from the railroad and moved to FL in 1986.
He was currently employed at Grundy Auto Sales in Belleview, FL. He is preceded in death by both of his parents and two week old daughter, Maralan Lee Scott who died on July 27, 1965.
He is survived by his daughters, Resa Tusa and June Wyss, both of Alliance, Ohio, Tina White, Sebring, Ohio and son, Ramon Scott, Sebring, Ohio, five grandsons, one granddaughter, his “Beloved Ricki White,” and eight great grandchildren.
For 32 years, he was a faithful patron of Plaza Lunch Restaurant in Belleview where he met his dear friend David Grundy. He will be missed by many.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services – Belleview, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. with a eulogy to follow at 3:00 p.m. by Pastor Dave Toller. Food and Fellowship will follow after the service at Plaza Lunch Restaurant, 10705 SE Hwy 441, Belleview, FL 34420.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Make A Wish Foundation. Sentiments may be left at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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MELVIN RICHARD
“BUDDY” RIGDON
Melvin Richard “Buddy” Rigdon, Jr. 69, of Belleview passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019. He was born on December 11, 1949 to Melvin and Elizabeth Rigdon, Sr. in Ocala, Florida. Buddy proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He was the ASI Warehouse Manager for 25 years before retiring. Those who knew Buddy will remember him as one who would give you the shirt off of his back, a very kind-hearted and generous man. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, saltwater fishing, and collecting arrowheads. He also loved the Florida Gators.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Rebecca D. Bloomfield-Rigdon, Belleview, FL, sons, Richard P. (Danielle) Rigdon, Belleview, FL, Cameron W. Bloomfield-Rigdon, Belleview, FL, Daughters, Kayla N. Rigdon, Belleview, FL, Ella I. Bloomfield-Rigdon, Belleview, FL, step-son, Nicholas A. Bloomfield, Belleview, FL, step-daughter, Emily N. Bloomfield Rader, Belleview, FL, grandchildren, R.J. Rigdon, Destiny Rigdon, Aleah Rigdon, all of Belleview, FL, brother, Fredrick H. (Carol) Rigdon, Belleview, FL, sisters, Shirley (Scott) Sanders, Lantana, FL, Sharon P. Rigdon, Arlington, TX, and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Umatilla Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com. Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services – Belleview.
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May 9, 2019

Gordon Siler “Junior” McClure, Jr.
Gordon Siler “Junior” McClure, Jr., 44, of Ocala, FL, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Junior was born August 24, 1974 and was a native of Ocala. He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, air boating, riding motorcycles, and his dogs.
He is survived by his six children, Bo McClure, Summerfield, FL, Justin McClure, Belleview, FL, Cory McClure, Belleview, FL, Caitlin McClure, Belleview, FL, Allee McClure, Preston, GA, and Chase McClure, Preston, GA; his parents, Gordon, Sr. and Sharon McClure, Ocala, FL, brother, Paul McClure, Ocala, FL, and sisters, Beverly Williams, Branford, FL and Jackie McClure, Ocala, FL.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Aileen McClure and Robert and Betty Clark.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL, 34420, with visitation one hour prior.
Interment will be at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Summerville Cemetery in Old Town, FL.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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May 2, 2019

ANDY RUDOLPH (RUDY) WALKER
Andy Rudolph (Rudy) Walker arrived in this world January 21st 1951 in Fellowship Florida the 4th child for Fred and Mabel (Starling) Walker. Becoming an angel of God after a long illness on April 17th 2019.
He had 2 brothers Don, and Fred of Alabama and 2 sisters Lee and MaryAnn of South Carolina. Rudy was the beloved husband to Brenda Lee (Warren) Walker for 38 years, a caring father to Andrealee Walker, Andy R. (Bubba) Walker and Sara Carlisle. Grandfather of 6 and 2 on the way of Candler, Florida. Rudy was proceeded in death by his parents, Brother Don, and Sister Lee.
After graduating from Ocala High School in 1969, Rudy’s passion in life became fishing, hunting and his garden. He was always talking of going fishing and knew all the good spots in Marion County to get the next catch. Spent many hours taking care of his garden and loved sharing the fruit of his labor with friends and neighbors. Loved his church New Vision Baptist where he was a trustee, and church family, to whom he will be truly missed.
A celebration of Rudy’s life and angel flight to be with his Lord will be May 4th 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at New Vision Baptist Church, Candler.
“Death has taken his body; However, God has his soul. Our minds and hearts hold his memories and love, Our faith will keep us strong until we meet again.”

 

April 25, 2019

CAROLE B PRYOR
Carole B Pryor, 76, of Summerfield, FL, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Carole was born on May 13, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to James and Beatrice (Stephan) Baxter. She moved to Summerfield, from Toledo, OH in 2002. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Carole was very involved in church activities and loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed bowling, swimming, writing, and reading.
Survivors include her husband, Anthony J. Pryor, daugher, Laurie (Dalton) Pryor Waugh, Belleview, FL, sister, Linda Simes, West Homestead, NY, brothers-in-law, Walter Pryor and Joseph Catalano, both of Dania Beach, FL, and three grandchildren, Jay Jay Hayes, Caleigh Pryor, and Jordan Hayes.
She is preceded in death by her son, Christopher Pryor.
A visitation was held from on Thursday, April 25, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Rd., Belleview. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church at the Orange Blossom Hills Community Center, 9230 SE 154th St., Summerfield. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com. Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services – Belleview..
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DOROTHY A. DRISKELL
Dorothy A. Driskell passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord at the age of 98. She passed on April 14, 2019 with her son Ron Kapcsos at her bed side.
Dorothy was born in Johnstown, Pa. on June 6, 1920. She moved to the Belleview area 14 years ago to enjoy the sun and mild winter months.
Her daughter Donna Bistransky passed away last year on September 2 at the age of 78. Ever since her passing, Dorothy felt lonely and was ready to meet the Lord at any time. She was also preceded in death by her late husband, Charles Driskell.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Grace Baptist Church 10835 SE 70th Ave Belleview, FL 34420.
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April 18, 2019

CLARA MAE (O’STEEN) MILLER
Clara Mae (O’Steen) Miller, 89, of Ocala, FL went to her heavenly home on April 9, 2019. She was born on April 6, 1930 in South Carolina to Clara and Obe O’Steen, moving to the Pedro area at the age of 7.
She was retired from the Barnett Bank of Ocala, holding the title of Vice-President and also retired from Townley Manufacturing. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Ocala, where she served as Sunday School Secretary for over 30 years. She was a 42 year member of the Pilot Club International, proudly holding the title of President at one time.
She met the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease with dignity and grace. She was always smiling, very thankful for every little act of kindness sent her way.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Carl O’Steen, and an infant sister. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Loraine O’Steen, her nieces and nephews, Elaine and Dean Music, Jeff and Lea Ann O’Steen, Lisa and Mike Faison, Levi, Corissa and Gunnar O’Steen, Josh, Laura and Ella Jae Music, Maggie, Brad and Hadleigh Bartlett, Jonah and Kayla Music, Braylon and Brystal Stephens, Jacob Music and Delaney Faison.
Services will be at Hiers-Baxley, Belleview Chapel at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 12, 2019, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Nichols Cemetery, Oxford, FL.
Condolences may be expressed at hiers-baxley.com.
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ALEXANDER GARDNER
“A.G.” EMBRY
Alexander Gardner “A.G.” Embry, 95, of Ocala, FL, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019. A.G. was born on April 13, 1923, in Calcis, Alabama and moved to this area from Miami, FL in 1980.
A.G. will be sorely missed and remembered by his family and friends. He was a loving father and grandfather. A.G. proudly served his country in the US Air Force during WWII. He loved the game of golf and gardening.
A.G. is survived by his daughter, Tina (Robert) Robinson, Belleview, FL, sons, Alex (Linda) Embry, Jr., Miami, FL, Darryl (Audrey) Embry, Jacksonville, AR, sister, Wadene Justice, Birmingham, AL, ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Alene (Teane), of 76 years.
A committal service was held on Tuesday, April 16, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com. Arrangements under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services – Ocala.
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DOROTHY A. DRISKELL
Dorothy A. Driskell passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord at the age of 98. She passed on April 14, 2019 with her son Ron Kapcsos at her bed side.
Dorothy was born in Johnstown, Pa. on June 6, 1920. She moved to the Belleview area 14 years ago to enjoy the sun and mild winter months.
Her daughter Donna Bistransky passed away last year on September 2 at the age of 78. Ever since her passing, Dorothy felt lonely and was ready to meet the Lord at any time. She was also preceded in death by her late husband, Charles Driskell.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Grace Baptist Church 10835 SE 70th Ave Belleview, FL 34420.
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April 11, 2019

FRANCES WILMA HOVIS SCOTT
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Frances Wilma Hovis Scott, loving sister, mother of 2, grandmother of 11, great-grandmother of 24, and great-great-grandmother of 2, passed away at the age of 88 during her stay at The Ted and Diane Brandley House in Summerfield, FL surrounded by her family.
Frances was born on April 10, 1930 in Hempfield, Pennsylvania a daughter of the late Paul and Eva Hovis. She graduated from Greenville High School in May of 1947. Frances and Donald, her ex-husband of 22 years, had two children: Linda and Roger. Roger passed at a young age. After his passing they moved to Florida, where Frances worked for Harris Corporation. Frances liked staying active and often racewalked in the Florida sun. She eventually moved back to Pennsylvania near her sister Vera, driving to Florida every winter to stay with family. She loved seeing the kids and taking pictures of the family as it grew to show Vera when she went back home. Vera and her husband Jim built a beautiful apartment for Frances above their garage. Frances and Vera enjoyed bowling, playing golf, and simply laughing together. In August of 2016, she moved back to Florida to live with her daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Donald. They enjoyed spending time together watching gameshows, Hallmark movies, shopping, and going out to eat. Frances loved the Lord and enjoyed singing Hymns. She often spoke about singing with her sister when she was younger and playing instruments. We all have beautiful and very precious memories with her. She will be missed until we meet again. John 11:25
Frances was preceded in death by her father Paul, mother Eva, brother Kenneth, brother Ralph, and son Roger. She is survived by her daughter Linda, sister Vera, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Her Celebration of Life will be held in Summerfield, Florida, and she will be laid to rest with her son in Pennsylvania.
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March 28, 2019

DONALD D. FOWLER
Donald D. Fowler, 79, of Belleview, FL, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Don was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on August 19, 1939. He moved to this area from Hialeah, FL in 1973. Don was the International Sales Manager at E-One for thirty plus years. His hobbies included bowling, golf, reading, archery, and he was an avid sports fan.
Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bobbie, son, Kenny (Debbie) Fowler, Ocala, FL, daughter, Karen (James) Elfers, Summerfield, FL, two brothers, Curtis (Constance) Fowler, North Little Rock, AR, Thomas (Patricia) Fowler, Hialeah, FL, four grandchildren, Crystal (Kenny) McCullough, Scott (Jamie) Ward, Leah (Nick) Reichmuth, and Jenna Elfers, and five great grandchildren, Connor, Cooper, Logan, Mikaela, and Lily. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lambert and Isabelle, and his three brothers, Garney, Garland, and Dwight.
A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from noon until 4:00 p.m. at his residence, 12475 SE 83rd Terrace, Belleview. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com. Arrangements under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview.
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GERALD CARTER
Gerald Carter, 90, passed away in Jacksonville, Florida on March 19th, 2019. Born April 11, 1928 in Coffee, Ga to Oden S Carter and Susie Leigh Morgan Carter. He served 2 tours in the military, one in the US Army and one the US Air Force.
Gerald was the owner of Carter Electric in Belleview for over 40 years, doing commercial and residential jobs around the Marion County area.
Gerald is preceded in death by his loving mother, father, and four Sisters; Gwendolyn McQuig, Vestal Rainwater, Maudene Shuman, and Newlene Johnson. Gerald is survived by his loving wife Veronica Buotte Carter of 14 years, Daughters Terrie Kielborn-Jennings of Ft Myers, Florida and Deborah Turner of Fruitland Park, Florida, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Brothers John Carter Sr. of Belleview, and Olen Carter of Hoboken, Ga.
A memorial service will be held Saturday April 6, at the Philippian Church, 234 Kelly Street., Hoboken, Georgia.
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PHILOMENA ROSALIE AYRES
Philomena Rosalie Ayres, 93, of Belleview, FL passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Philomena was a native of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and moved to this area from Avondale, PA in 1985.
She worked at National Vulcanized Fiber in Yorklin, Delaware in the shipping department. She enjoyed gardening, her friends and “keeping busy.” She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. She was always on the go with a smile on her face.
She is survived by her three sisters, Marguerite Fuski, Rosie Jones, and Melania Devonshire. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Ayres, sisters, Concetta Jordan and Alice Dunn.
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Theresa Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment followed in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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EVELYN BLAKE BRADICH ADAMS
Evelyn Blake Bradich Adams, 97, of East Lake Weir, Florida, passed away of old age at her home on March 22, 2019.
She was born to the late Furnia and Ernest Blake, June 6, 1921 in Williamstown, MA. She is survived by two children, Patricia Frost and John Bradich, of Florida; from her first marriage to the late John Peter Bradich and two step daughters, Cassandra Adams of California and Kimberly Morrissey of Pennsylvania by second husband the late David Adams. She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Evelyn and David lived together in Morristown, Tennessee for 30 years and together founded Adams Wood Products. An accomplished Cost Accountant she also excelled as an artist, photographer, and golfer. She believed and practiced her favorite saying “you can never out give God” and dedicated her life to helping others succeed.
Evelyn served in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII as a mapping photographer and witnessed incredible changes to her world. Among them: 17 presidents, Pearl Harbor and 911, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart to Space travel, two states were admitted to the union, The Great Depression, wood stoves to microwaves, and radio to television. At 97, Evelyn was actively using her iPad for conducting financial business, ordering goods, communicating on Facebook, and playing games.
The celebration of life and grave side ceremony will be held in Morristown, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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March 14, 2019

PHYLLIS J. JUSTICE
Phyllis J. Justice, 59, of Ocklawaha, FL, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019. She was born on October 17, 1959 in Huntington, West Virginia. She was a homemaker in her own home. Her hobbies included being “Memaw” to her grandkids that she adored, shopping and dining out.
She is survived by her three daughters, Brandy Justice, Ocklawaha, FL, Kelli (David) McReynolds, Silver Springs, FL, Rose Justice, Belleview, FL, brothers, Jerry Scarberry, Belleview, FL, Mark Scarberry, Fellsmere, FL and three grandsons, David, Jr., James, and Logan. She is preceded in death by her parents, Holley and Alta Scarberry and her son Larry Justice, Jr.
A visitation was held on March 8, 2019 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. A funeral service was held on March 9, at Family Life Ministries, 12404 SE 112th Avenue Road, Belleview, FL 34420, with interment immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ocala. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com
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March 7, 2019

DENNIS C. PATTERSON
Dennis C. “The Sarge” Patterson, 67, of Ocala, FL, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Dennis was born in Lake Waukegan, Illinois and moved to this area from Hammond, IN in 2011. He retired from Ford Motors after 30 years of service. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force and was a member of the VFW Post 4493 in Candler. Dennis was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, a member of the American Pool Players Association, a baseball coach for many years and enjoyed bowling.
He is survived by his son, Dennis C. (Elizabeth) Patterson, Jr., Hammond, IN, daughter, April (Jon) Lannin, Ocala, FL, step sons, Brad (Jessica) Hope, San Francisco, CA, Jason (Megan) Hope, Las Vegas, NV, brothers, Richard (Sandy) Patterson, Chesterton, IN, Bert (Mia) Patterson, Belleview, FL, ten grandchildren, Maximillian, Destiny, Timothy, Jesse, Charles, Eva, Livia, Hannah, Ethan and Cecilia and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Jeanette Patterson and his brother, Gerald “Michael” Patterson.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 4493.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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LOUIS “LOUIE” S. COE
Louis “Louie” S. Coe, 64, passed away February 25, 2019 at Estelle’s Hospice House in Ocala. He was born February 28, 1954 in Miami, a son of Sylvester and Mary (Conti) Coe. He was the beloved husband of MaryAnn Hamilton Coe for 24 years.
Louis worked as a carpenter in the construction industry. He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.
Louis is survived by his loving wife, MaryAnn of Ocklawaha; step-daughter, Lydia Kokay (Michael) Bailey and granddaughters, Christina and Janice’ of Rolla, Missouri; 5 sisters and 4 brothers. He was predeceased by his parents.
Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. Online condolences and memories may be shared at hiers-baxley.com.
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February 28, 2019

DONALD RAYMOND UHLIR
On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Donald Raymond Uhlir, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 79 at the Ted and Diane Brandley House in Summerfield, FL. Don was born on October 16, 1939 in Grafton, MN to Edward and Gertrude Uhlir. He graduated high school from Thompson Public School, in Thompson, ND, and then was drafted into the Army. He served as a mechanic while stationed in Germany attached to the 546th Maintenance Company. He was honorably discharged in 1965 after two years of service. Upon returning to North Dakota, Don worked as a mechanic for the International Harvester Company in Crookston, MN until being employed as general manager of the Red River Valley Potato Research Farm in 1968. In 1966, Don married Lucille Irene Deschene, and they raised one daughter (Rebecca) and one son (Andrew). In 1988, Don and Lucy moved to Belleview, FL. In 2007, he retired from the Marion County Fire Department after 20 years of service as an emergency vehicle technician.
Don had a passion for farming. He found the most joy in life while tending to his garden and yard. He also was an avid tinkerer and was well known amongst family and friends for his ability to deconstruct and reconstruct farm machinery.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Edward, his mother, Gertrude, and a twin brother, Daniel. He is survived by his wife, Lucille (Belleview), two children, Rebecca (Memphis, TN) and Andrew (West Palm, FL), three brothers, James (East Grand Forks, ND), Robert (Pink Hill, NC), and Michael (Grand Forks, ND), and two sisters, Judy (Portland, OR) and Patricia (Austin, TX), and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on March 5th, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (10670 SE Maricamp Rd.in Candler, FL at 9:30AM followed by burial held at the Bushnell National Cemetery at 1:00pm. Funeral flower donations may be delivered to the church or to the Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 11250 Southwest 93rd Court Road Suite #300, Ocala, FL 34481. Monetary donations may be made in honor of Donald to the Parkinson’s Foundation at www.Parkinson.org.
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ELAINE G. GENOVA
Elaine Ciampi Genova, has left this world to reunite with her parents, Albina and Pasquale Ciampi. She was a hairstylist for 55 years. She lived, loved, laughed and fed all who knew her.
She is survived by two brothers, Ronald Ciampi and Joseph Ciampi. She was an amazing Mother to her son Lawrence J Genova and his wife Casey-anne Genova. The best Gamma to her two grandchildren, Stephanie and Zachary Genova. The proudest Great Gamma to Cayden Tyler Genova.
The Funeral Service was held on Sunday, February 24th at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 5740 South Pine Avenue in Ocala. In lieu of flowers the family requests donation to the Hospice of Marion County, Estelle House, 2897 SE 62nd Street, Ocala, FL 34480.
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ART CHETE
Art Chete, born January 7, 1938, went to his home in Heaven on February 23, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, children: Todd and Kim Chete, grandsons, Justin and Tyler Chete, daughter-in-law, Kayrn Chete, nephews and nieces.
He served proudly in the USMC from 1956-1959. He received an A.A. degree in Police Administration in 1969, a B.S. degree in Criminology in 1970, and a Master’s degree in Specialized Law Enforcement in 1972.
He began his law enforcement career as a policeman in 1959 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He ended his career in law enforcement at the College of Central Florida (formally CFCC), in June of 2001, as Director of the Florida Institute of Criminal Justice.
A celebration of his life will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Belleview, FL, on March 2, 2019. His pastor, Rev. Rocky Culpepper will officiate the Memorial Service.
Visitation will be at 10 am. The Memorial Service will begin at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 10835 SE 70 Avenue, Belleview, FL, 34420, or to the American Liver Transplant Association.
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MICHELE LEE BURKETT
Michele Lee Burkett, 53, of Summerfield, Florida, passed away February 21, 2019 at Legacy House Ocala, Florida. She was born on September 5, 1965 in Salem, Ohio to Larry and Jodie (Macek) Hoopes.
Michele was an active member of Sorrento Church of God. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her church family. Michele loved going to the mountains and seeing the change of seasons every year. Her hobbies included crafting and sewing, reading, and doing puzzles.
Michele was employed by Village Pack ‘N Ship since 2007 and was very dedicated to her work.
Michele is survived by her husband of 33 years, Ricky; four children, Nicholas (Rosa) Burkett, Okeechobee, FL, Jodie Frisby, Aaron Burkett, Madison Burkett, all of Summerfield, FL, three, grandchildren, Jayda Burkett, Okeechobee, FL, Kinsley Frisby, Summerfield, FL, Caysen Burkett, Okeechobee, FL, step-father, Bill Jones, Ohio, siblings, Tracy Hoopes, Clewiston, FL, Kelly “Twink” Swindle, Clewiston, FL, Kim Conley, Lake Placid, FL. And JW Allison, Ohio.
Funeral services were on February 26 at Belleview Church of God. Interment was at Belleview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Michele’s Go Fund Me, https://www.gofundme.com/shelly039s-survival. Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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February 21, 2019

BYRON C. McCLENDON
Byron C. McClendon, 65, of Summerfield, FL, passed away February 13, 2019. He was born June 28, 1953 in Ocala, FL, to Byron and Mary McClendon.
He was a graduate of Lake Weir High School class of 1971. He was a drywall laborer for trade. Byron was an avid CB’er, using the handle, Byron. He enjoyed gardening, specifically bonsai gardens.
Byron is survived by his father, Byron J. McClendon, Jr and cousin, Diana Ledlow. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Dobbs, and sister, Misti McClendon. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent at hiers-baxley.com. Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview.
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LARRY A MILLER
Larry A Miller, 73, of Ocala, Florida passed away February 13, 2019 at his Ocala home. He was the husband of Karen Miller for 55 years of Marriage. Not only did they live as husband and wife, they were also best friends.
He was born in Anawalt, West Virginia a son of the late Robert K. and Alma M. Miller. Prior to his retirement he was a diesel mechanic in the trucking industry.
Larry will be deeply missed by his wife, Karen and daughter, Darlene Miller-Houle and her husband Sylvain Houle of Quebec and sons, Larry A Miller Jr. and his wife Monica of Belleview, FL, and Stephen Kenneth Miller of Vero Beach, FL. He has 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Jan Edwards of Cocoa Beach, FL and Brenda Campbell of Greensboro, NC.
Not only will he be missed by family and friends, Larry has touched many many lives over his 73 years!
A Memorial Gathering was held on Sunday, February 17 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL 34420. Condolences may be expressed at hiers-baxley.com.
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February 14, 2019

IRENE SANFORD
Irene Sanford, of Ocklawaha, age 84 went to be with the Lord on Feb 3, in Summerfield.  Irene was an active member of Grace Baptist Church of Belleivew.  She was a member of TOPS, Red Hats, and had volunteered for Second Harvest, gathering, packing and distributing food to the homeless. She retired from Brevard School System where she served as a cook/baker. She taught Sunday School for years and studied the Bible fervently.
She is proceeded in death by her husband and 2 sons.  She is survived by her three loving daughter, Katrina Kyzer, Donia Ouzts, and Robin Belhumeur, 5 sisters, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grand children, and 2 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville, Fl, on Friday, February 8th. She was interned at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
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January 31, 2019

WINNIFRED MURRAH BOATRIGHT
Winnifred Murrah Boatright, 82, of Belleview passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Ted & Diane Brandley House in Summerfield. Winnifred was a native of Live Oak, Florida and moved to this area  in 1980. She was a Driver’s License Examiner for the State of Florida for twenty one years. Mrs. Boatright was a member of First Baptist Church of Belleview. Winnifred enjoyed crafting, camping, fishing, boating, shopping, cooking, baking, canning, and being around her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Thomas H. Boatright, three sons and their wives, Ron and Amy, Summerfield, FL, Tommy and Melinda, Belleview, FL, Alan, Summerfield, FL, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
Winnifred is preceded in death by her parents George and May Murrah, and three brothers, Johnny Murrah, George Murrah, and GH Murrah, all formerly of Live Oak, FL.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Belleview. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. Interment will be in Clayland Baptist Church Cemetery in Live Oak.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com.

January 24, 2019
KERMIT J. RIEDY
Kermit J. Riedy, 85, of Summerfield, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Kermit was born on January 14, 1934, to Kermit and Mildred Riedy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and moved to this area from Forrestville, New Jersey in 1996.
Mr. Riedy was a founding member of Little Dove Baptist Church and was also active in the Gideon’s International prior to moving to Florida. He loved sharing the gospel and playing the piano and organ.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, daughters, Barbara (Rusty) Johnson, Greeneville, TN; Patti (Bruce) Ellis, Forestville, NY; son, Richard Smith, San Francisco, CA; step-sons, Tommy (Judy) Caudill, Knox, IN; James Caudill, North Judson, IN; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, niece, Cathi and nephew, Richard. He will be dearly missed by his dog, Blackie. Kermit is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann, granddaughter, Lelia, and his sister, Janet.
A funeral service was held on January 23, 2019 at Little Dove Baptist Church, 12005 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. Interment was private at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gideon’s International. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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FLORENCE BARBARA HYATT
Florence Hyatt, 89, of Summerfield, Florida, passed away Sunday, January 19,2019, surrounded by her loved ones.  Florence was the widow of Raymond Hyatt, and was married to him for 68 years.
Florence was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of Nicholas Gliatta and Edna Perrina.  Prior to retiring to Marion County to fulfill her lifelong dream of living on a farm and raising cows, she lived in Brevard County, FL. Florence was a competitive water skier, she scuba dived and loved her family above all things. Florence was an amazing cook, seamstress, and baker and overall held her family within her love her entire life.
Florence is survived by her three children; daughters, Marlene Bjork and her husband, Robert of Summerfield, FL, Barbara Carnival and her husband Roy of Summerfield, FL and son, Don Hyatt and his wife Teresa of Apollo Beach, FL, She was the proud grandmother of 7 grandchildren, Norman Ray Hyatt, Robert Nicholas Bjork, Jordan Christopher Bjork, Lily Michele Carnival, Joseph Nicholas Hyatt, Jacob Christopher Hyatt and Michael Hyatt.  Florence has five great grandchildren, Kyron Hyatt, Tyler, Ryder, Finley and Violet Bjork.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 12:00 PM.  Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL 34420. Condolences may be left at Hiers-Baxley.com.
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RODNEY LEE HELM
Rodney Lee Helm passed away in Hospice Care on Saturday, January 12. He was born November 20, 1965.
Rodney was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Belleview. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the hobby of woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Helm.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Schratwieser-Helm; father Charles Rodney Helm, of Summerfield; brothers Steven and Michael Helm, of Belleview; daughter Amanda Frazier Helm, of Michigan; son Brandon Garber, of Texas; and daughter Summer Elaine Helm, of Summerfield.
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January 17, 2019
CAROL JOHNSON
On Monday, January 7th, 2019, Carol Johnson, loving wife and mother of 5 children, passed away at the age of 83 at the Timber Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Ocala, Florida.
Carol was born on April 25th in Ray, Ohio.  She attended college at Ohio State University.  She owned and ran several small businesses in Michigan and Florida including a ceramic shop, Motel and Bait shop as well as a Candy, Cake and Catering business.  She later retired after working several years as a United States Postal Clerk.
Carol had a passion for all things cooking and crafting.  She also loved playing dominos; completing her Sudoku puzzles as well as collecting everything snowman and Mickey Mouse.  She was a member of Christ’s Church of Marion County, the Order of the Eastern Stars and T.O.P.S., #0531.  She was known for her kind, helpful and compassionate spirit.
Carol was preceded in death by her father, Ralph, her mother, Ava, her three brothers, Kenneth, Bill and George as well as her husband Robert, her second husband Dean, her son Richard, and her grandson Jeffery.  She is survived by her sons, Donn Lucas and Duane Lucas, her daughters, Susan and Colette (Daniel) Bissey, her daughter-in-law, Margaret Lucas; her grandchildren, Emily Lucas, Robert Lucas, Brandy Lucas, Ashley (Larry) Walsh, Jeremy Elenbaas, Samantha (Daniel) Poirier, Alexandra (Josiah) Larson, Lucas Benedict, Angela Lucas, Tiffany (Jacob) Dunkin, Casey Cabral; her great grandchildren, Sean, Alissa, Nathaniel, Hannah, Bailey, Wyatt, Jesse, Emily, Katlyn, Linnae, Lilliana, Destiny, Julie, Alan Audreina and Korbin, Stephanie, Katelyn, Summer, Adalyn.
Celebration of Life services, officiated by Pastor David Bellows, were held on Saturday, January 12th at Christ’s Church of Marion County. Condolences may be expressed at Hiers-Baxley.com.
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TRISH MALONEY
Trish Maloney, born March 15, 1953 in Valley Township, PA; former owner of Trishiz Cutz, went to be with The Lord December 23, 2018 after her long battle against cancer.
She is survived by her loving husband of 15 years Tim of Belleview, FL; daughters Andrea (Tony) Garcia of Ocala, FL, Cathy Stoltzfus, and Samantha (Matt) Hunt; sons Chuck Hess, and Tim, Jr.; five grandchildren;  mother Betty Wharton; and sister Kathy Pierson.  Trish was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Belleview, and the Eastern Star Belleview Chapter # 122.
A celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00 PM at HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICE-Belleview, 5946 Southeast Robinson Road, Belleview, FL  34420.  Arrangements entrusted with HIERS-BAXLEY Funeral & Cremation Life Event Center.  Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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January 10, 2019
THEOFILO “TED” VIEIRA
Theofilo “Ted” Vieira, 96, died on December 25, 2018. He was born January 22, 1922.
He was the husband of the late Rosalina (Soares) Vieira. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Frank Vieira and Rose (Silva) Vieira.
Mr. Vieira was a WWII Veteran serving as a corpsman with the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corp and the United States Army.
Ted is survived by his children: Rosemarie Jacques, of Belleview, James Vieira and his wife Peggy, Regina Laliberte and her husband James and William Vieira and his wife Nancy of Rhode Island. He had fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Following his passing, the city of Pawtucket declared that December 29 would be a “day of remembrance” for Theofilo Vieira.
The funeral for Mr. Vieira was held on December 29th  from the Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, Pawtucket. There was a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, Pawtucket. His burial was with full military honors in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.
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January 3, 2019
NORMAN LEE DENOON
Norman Lee DeNoon, Sr. 91, of Ocklawaha, Florida passed away December 28, 2018 at The Villages Hospice House, The Villages, Florida.  He was the husband of Willene DeNoon for 69 years.
He was born in Moundsville, West Virginia a son of the late Robert and Hazel DeNoon. Norman served our country for 30 years in the US Navy and held the rank of Commander.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belleview where he had served as a Deacon and was past Chairman of the Building Committee and taught Sunday School.  He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Willene by car.  He liked to tell jokes, read and work in his yard.
Norman is survived by his wife, Willene DeNoon; son, Norman Lee DeNoon Jr. and his wife Helena of Ocklawaha, FL and daughter, Deborah Davis and her husband Newel of Ocklawaha, FL, his grandchildren Tiffiny Grant, Sarah DeNoon, Norman Lee DeNoon, III and Brittany DeNoon.  He has 4 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by sisters, Elizabeth Boso of Moundsville, WV and Helen Wellman and her husband Sam of Davenport, FL,
He was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Jean Kimble and Vivian Wolfe.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Belleview, Belleview, FL.  Inurnment will take place Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with Military Honors provided by the US Navy.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778, would be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL 34420.  Condolences may be left at Hiers-Baxley.com.
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