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December 8, 2022

Michael Farrell

Loving husband and father, Michael Farrell, passed away on November 30th, 2022, after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Mike “Yank” was 68 and was surrounded by his loving family members when he was called home to be with the Lord.

Mike was born to Elmer Farrell and Michele “Mikki” Perrotelli on October 30th, 1954, in Litchfield, Connecticut. When Mike was younger, his favorite activities were working on his grandfather’s dairy and serving as an altar boy. Mike moved to Summerfield, Fl with his father when he was a teenager, and graduated from Lake Weir High in 1973. Given his strong work ethic, Mike worked many different jobs: DairyMan, Truck Driver, Farmer, Rancher, and 30 plus years at E-One serving in various roles.

Mike met Brenda Hatcher, in 1974, when he moved in across the street from her parents’ home. They married March 27, 1982, and went on to have one child, Kasi Farrell. They lived their entire life in Summerfield in their log cabin.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving husband and father, Mike also enjoyed fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and being around his cattle. Always a Christian at heart, Mike’s faith was renewed in his adult years. He dedicated his life to serving God and had an unwavering faith.

Now that Mike has passed into the arms of our Lord, we should remind ourselves that while this is the end of his physical life on Earth, it’s the beginning of an eternal and beautiful journey for him. In addition to his parents, Mike joins Qwen Perz, sister, Robert Farrell, brother, Chief and Louise Hatcher, in-laws, and many other family members in Heaven. He is survived by many loving family members, including Brenda, wife, Kasi, daughter, David Farrell, brother, Julie Farrell, sister, and an extended family.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church of Oxford, 4060 County Road 108 Oxford, Florida on December 13th, 2022 from 10-11 AM. Funeral services will be held 11AM-12 PM with Pastor Andrew Krop, officiating. Interment will be at Pine Level Cemetery, Oxford, FL. Lunch will be served in the church’s reception hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, St Jude’s Children Hospital or The Circle 24/7.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”


Jimmie Hite

Jimmie W. Hite, age 79, passed away on Saturday November 26th, in Ocala, Florida after a brief illness. Jimmie was born in Waynesville, NC on June 26, 1943. She was the daughter of the late James P White and Ruth Leatherwood.

She married James Bernhard (Jimmy) Hite from Nashville, Tennessee in 1961. Jimmie and Jimmy moved to Summerfield, Florida in 1964 and it was there that they made their life and raised their children on their family owned dairy farm, Summerfield Jerseys.

In the early 70’s Jimmie began working at Belleview Elementary school in the guidance office. She retired from there after 30 years. She was a homemaker and did many things for her family in her spare time. She took care of her grandchildren and loved spending time with her great grandchildren when she could. Jimmie had many friends and those who remember her for taking good care of them when hanging out with her boys. She traveled to her beloved hometown of Waynesville anytime she could, visiting with friends and family while there. To know her was to love her and she will be greatly missed.

Jimmies beloved husband James B Hite preceded her in death on July 27, 2022 due to an automobile accident. Jimmie is survived by her son’s Marshall M. (Diana) Hite of Ocklawaha, Fl and James Joshua (Dori) Hite of Weirsdale, Fl ; Sister Barbara (Gene) Anders Barberville, NC; Step Father Charles Leatherwood Waynesville, NC; Sister-in-law Mary Moody of Summerfield, Fl, Grandchildren Allen J Hite Summerville, SC, Cassie (Benjamin) Kaspari Sheldon, ND and Jacob Hite Weirsdale, Fl; Great Grandchildren Hannah and Gwynneth Hite of Summerville, SC; Joshua, Emily and John Kaspari of Sheldon ND. She also has several nieces and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held for Jimmie on Saturday December 17th at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Oxford (4060 County Road 108’ Oxford, Fl) with Pastor Andrew Krop officiating. A reception and meal will follow in the Family Life Center.


Frances Ethel Drennen

Frances Ethel (Vaughn) Drennen, age 81, of Pigeon Forge,TN formerly of Summerfield, FL, and Clinton, Maryland passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022.Frances was born on October 9,1941, in Duffield, VA.

Frances was a graduate of Rye Cove High School in Duffield,VA and from the University of Maryland. Upon graduating high school, Frances departed Scott County, VA for Washington D.C. and commenced her40-year long career with the U.S.Government, starting in the secretarial pool, working her way up through the ranks and retiring as a budget analyst with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

She was married to her love, Jack Drennen for 58 years. Upon their retirement, they moved from Clinton, Maryland to their beloved  home in the Del Webb community of Summerfield, FL. During retirement, Frances enjoyed time with Jack, the wonderful warm winter weather and sunshine of Florida, volunteering with a reading program at a local elementary school, bowling, line dancing and of course, golf. Frances was a dearly loved daughter, sister, and aunt.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Drennen and beloved beagle Sparky; parents, John “Millard” and Nora Vaughn; and brother, Bradley Vaughn.

Left to cherish her memory are, special niece, Beverly Fugate; great niece, Jackie; and great greats, Blaze, Delilah, and Solomon; special nephews, Mark Colman and wife, Julie, Ethan and Evan; sisters, Mary Ann Coleman and husband Ira “Lum” of Church Hill, TN, Barbra Priddy and husband Jim of Leitchfield, KY; brothers, Johnny Vaughn and wife, Brenda Bowen of Kingsport, TN, Robert Vaughn and wife Marcia of Duffield, VA; numerous nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law, Michael Drennen (Becky); and many others of the Drennen family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Frances Drennen at

The family received friends from 4-6:30PM Wednesday, December 7, in the Chapel at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. A private burial will take place at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell,FL, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Jack. Online condolences may be made

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