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March 25, 2021

Lucy Lynn Lagrone-Long

Lucy Lagrone-Long, a former resident of Belleview, went home to see her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Deland FL. lucy was born on January 22, 1955 in Cameron, TX.

As a young child, Lucy made the most important decision of her- to trust Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As a teenager, she recognized the calling on her life to missions as she listened to “So Send I You” at a church rally. These two decisions would be the foundation of her life and legacy.

She met the love of her life, John Long, in 1973 and they married on June 14, 1974 in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso, John and Lucy served on their first short term mission project in Juarez, Mexico before relocating to Gainesville, FL.

Lucy was a proud graduate of the University of Florida (‘80 Nursing) and would use her gifting as a pediatric nurse, ICU, Hospice nurse, Camp nurse, and with the Baptist Nursing Fellowship of Florida.

After John graduated from UF, he and Lucy relocated to Ft. Worth, TX where John attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in Ft. Worth, their only child, Megan Melissa was born.

He and Lucy would go on to serve 6 churches including First Baptist Church in Belleview. During that time, Lucy put her gift of nursing to work at Shands in Gainesville, then MRMC in Ocala in Cardiac ICU. She  was a parish (church) nurse at FBC and very active in all areas of church life. They were in Belleview from 1998 to 2007 when they began serving overseas with the International Mission Board.

On August 5, 2014, all of the important people in Lucy’s life would take a backseat to her only grandchild- Macy Michaela Green.

Upon retiring from the mission field, John and Lucy moved to Big Spring, TX and later to Deland, FL. to take on the best role yet- grandparents. Lucy attended school programs, cheerleading events, AWANA awards nights and everything else she could. Ultimately, Multiple Myeloma cut short the time her family would have wished to spend with her. But, they rejoice in knowing she lived and died a life worth celebrating.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 46 years, John, one daughter, Megan, son-in-love, Justin, and her favorite grandchild, Macy Michaela.

A memorial service will be held at Stetson Baptist Church in Deland, FL on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be livestreamed on the church’s website and YouTube channel.



Kenneth R. Hotelling, Jr.

Kenneth R. Hotelling, Jr. 85, a former resident of Ithaca, NY, passed away March 14, in Ocala, Florida.  He was the husband of the late Margaret Kapp Hotelling.

Kenneth was born in Ithaca, New York a son of the late Kenneth and Flossie Brown Hotelling. He was a Veteran of the US Army.  Prior to his retirement, he was the Farm Manager for Avian & Aquatic Animal Medicine at Cornell University.  Ken was an avid sport enthusiastic, enjoyed bowling at Ides and golfing with friends at Cornell and Hillendale and with his nephew, Russell Crumb, in Ocala.

Kenneth is survived by daughters, Mary Newhart of Interlaken, NY and Lucinda (Richard) Storms of Rochester, NY.  Sister Eunice Crumb of Ocala, FL and brothers Lawrence and Russell Hotelling of Ithaca, NY.  Grandchildren Corinne, Brian and Vesper Newhart and Margaret Storms, plus many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Margaret and brother Francis Eugene Hotelling.

A private service will be held at the Brown Cemetery in Shunk, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken’s honor can be made to your favorite charity.


Betty Jane Hall

Betty Jane Hall, 95, of Ocala, Florida passed away March 19, 2021 at Ocala Regional Medical Center Ocala, Florida.

Betty was born in Huntington, West Virginia a daughter of the late James and Maggie Hall. She was a Veteran of the US Navy, a member of the American Legion Post 284, Waves National Unit 99, a member of The Eastern Star Chapter 8 in Huntington, WV, past Commander of the American Legion and Past President of the Waves.  Prior to her retirement she worked for Owens Illinois Glass as a Chief Quality Control officer. She was a member of the Belleview United Methodist Church, Belleview, FL.

Betty is survived by brothers, E. Frank Hall of Crescent Springs, KY, and sisters, Eva Maynard of Ocala, FL and Margaret  McClellan of East Lynn, WV and niece, Beverly  Jarvis of Ocala, FL. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Patricia Stewart of Huntington, WV, Ritch Hall of Crescent Springs, KY, Roger Hall and Donald N. Maynard of Ocala, FL, Jeff Hall, Gina Smith and Kim Hall, all of Sikeston, MO, Delores Coleman of Rabun, GA and Rita Long of Lexington, KY.  She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

The family will receive friends at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL 34420 on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 10AM. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Condolences may be left at



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