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October 24, 2019

Charlene Williams Preston

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Charlene Williams Preston joined the church triumphant Tuesday, October 15, 2019. She was born on April 18, 1948 to Edwin C. and Virginia Douglas Williams and was a lifelong resident of Weirsdale, FL.

Charlene was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, was a family citrus farmer, and owner of the Weirsdale and Fruitland Park Ace Hardware stores.

Her most beloved titles were wife, mother, and Nana. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Kim Preston of Weirsdale, her sons, Brad (Rhonda), Seth (Kay), and Blake, daughter, Kelley (Thomas) Crone, six grandchildren, Nathan, Teagan, Jessica, Bella, Calla, and Alex. She is preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Smith, her daughter, Meredith and her grandson, Isaiah Warren Dawson.

A Celebration of Charlene’s Life will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at The Douglas Estate, 16550 SE 122nd Terrace, Weirsdale, Florida. Private interment will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in Weirsdale, Florida. Sentiments may be left at Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services – Belleview.



Jack Allen Slone, 68, of Summerfield passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at his residence in Summerfield. Jack was born in Peoria, Illinois and was a longtime resident of this area. He was a heavy equipment operator for 40 years.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter and a fan of the Seminoles.

Survivors include his children Kevin Slone and Dawn Henke, stepmother Maxine  Slone, sisters Marsha  Brown, Karen Scott, brother Allen Slone and 5 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Eldon Slone and Anita Galloway.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 2-4pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview, 5946 SE Robinson Rd.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34470.  Online condolences may be sent at


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