Elouise W. Bright
Elouise W. Bright of Gainesville died May 20 at her son's home in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 83.
Mrs. Bright was a lab technician at the University of Florida.
Born in Lawtey, she moved from Miami to Gainesville 43 years ago.
She was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Bright of Jacksonville; a son, Leon Bright of Gainesville; four sisters, Earnestine Thompkins of Starke, Idella White of Lawtey, Maybell Hancock of Daytona Beach and Ora Lee Jackson of Brooksville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
CHIEFLAND -- Earl Campbell of Chiefland died Tuesday at Nature Coast Regional Hospital in Williston. He was 81.
Mr. Campbell formerly owned and operated Chiefland Drive Inn. He later was a tool and pump parts salesman at McCormicks in Chiefland, a well driller and a pump repairman.
Born in Cedar Key, he moved from Cedar Key to Chiefland 46 years ago.
He was a member of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include two sons, J. Grinell Campbell and Donald E. Campbell, both of Alachua; two daughters, Earlene C. Crews of Chiefland and Bonnie C. Clelland of Savannah, Ga.; a brother, Edgar Campbell of Cedar Key; two sisters, Ruby Dyals of Trenton and Jeanette Mars of Waynesboro, Miss.; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Johnny Gadson Colson
TRENTON -- Johnny Gadson Colson of Trenton died Tuesday at his home. He was 77.
Mr. Colson was a market manager for Winn-Dixie. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Born in Cedar Key, he moved from West Palm Beach to Trenton 21 years ago.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion of West Palm Beach and the Chiefland Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Colson of Trenton; four sons, Russell Colson of Cedar Key, Phillip Colson and Randy Colson, both of West Palm Beach, and Ronald Colson of Port St. Lucie; a brother, Elvin Colson of Suwannee; two sisters, Elizabeth Martin and Evelyn Mills, both of Cross City; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Frances McPherson Finnell
Frances McPherson Finnell of Gainesville died Tuesday at Integrated Health Services of Gainesville. She was 96.
Mrs. Finnell taught school in Sebring.
Born in New Brighton, Pa., she moved from Naples to Gainesville eight years ago.
She was a Presbyterian.
Mrs. Finnell was preceded in death by her husband, D.D. Finnell.
Survivors include a nephew, Robert McPherson of Gainesville.
Mildred H. Geiger
NEWBERRY -- Mildred H. Geiger of Newberry died Wednesday in Williston. She was 65.
Mrs. Geiger was a homemaker.
Born in Chiefland, she was a lifelong resident of the area.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newberry and the Newberry Garden Club.
Mrs. Geiger enjoyed fishing, gardening, sewing and crafts.
Survivors include her husband, E.J. Geiger of Newberry; two daughters, Bobbie Geiger of Gainesville and Linda Smith of Newberry; two brothers, Wilson Hodge and Jimmy Hodge, both of Newberry; four sisters, Jannie Mae Langford of Newberry, Doris Raehberg of Starke, Yvonne Carlisle of Trenton and Sherry Cannon of Chiefland; and three grandchildren.
Warren Lee Lewis
ORANGE SPRINGS -- Warren Lee Lewis of Orange Springs died unexpectedly Monday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 78.
Mr. Lewis was a retired industrial engineer for civil service. He taught drafting at Florida Junior College and also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Born in Kansas City, Mo., he moved from Jacksonville to Orange Springs 15 years ago.
He was a treasurer of the National Associated Retired Federal Employees and was a member of the Orange Springs Community Church, the Orange Springs Civic Club and the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Elaine King of Longwood and Carol Louise Lewis of Jacksonville; two sons, James Lewis of Jacksonville and Thomas Charles Lewis of Williston; and five grandchildren.
Ella Wilson Little
ARCHER -- Ella Wilson Little of Archer died Saturday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville after a long illness.
She was 83.
Mrs. Little was a homemaker.
Born in Brunswick, Ga., she moved from Brunswick to Archer 51 years ago.
She was a deaconess and mother of the church at Church of God In Christ in Archer.
Survivors include her husband, John D. Little of Archer; four daughters, Lizzie Nattiel, Hazel Lymus and Viola Fields Brown, all of Archer, and Johnie Mae Edwards of Gainesville; a son, Franklin Floyd of Brunswick; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Melvina Miller Moss
Melvina Miller Moss of Gainesville died Friday at her home after a long illness.
She was 60.
Mrs. Moss was a former clerk at Target in Gainesville.
Born in Shamrock, she moved from Williston to Gainesville 24 years ago.
She was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Annette Lindsey of Gainesville; four sons, Willie Hart, Leon Hart and Michael Moss, all of Gainesville, and Ronnie L. Hart of St. Petersburg; five brothers, Richard Miller, Percy Miller, Nathaniel Miller and Alton Miller, all of St. Petersburg, and Larry Miller of Tampa; two sisters, Geraldine Jones and Alice McCoy, both of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mary Bayne Sites
ALACHUA -- Mary Bayne Sites of Alachua died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 82.
Mrs. Sites was a retired secretary at a bank.
Born in Macon, Ga., she moved from Homosassa to Alachua five years ago.
She enjoyed golfing, tennis and swimming.
Mrs. Sites was an Episcopalian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Vincent Sites.
Survivors include a son, William Sites of Alachua; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sites of West Palm Beach; a sister, Harriet Bayne of Homosassa; and three grandchildren.
Rufino H. Small
Rufino H. Small of Gainesville died May 20 in Ellsworth County, Kansas, due to injuries suffered in an auto accident. He was 18.
Mr. Small was a private in the U.S. Army.
He was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a 1998 graduate of Gainesville High School.
Survivors include his mother, Connie Small of Gainesville; his father, James E. Clark of Gainesville; two sisters, Tanisha L. Small and Kevina S. Roberts, both of Gainesville; a brother, Johnny L. Patterson Jr. of Gainesville; his maternal grandparents, Anna and Felix Small of Gainesville; and his paternal grandparents, Mary Williams of Gainesville and Moses McDuffin of Georgia.
Clark Roosevelt White
JACKSONVILLE -- Clark Roosevelt White of Jacksonville died Monday at Methodist Medical Center in Jacksonville after a brief illness.
He was 76.
Mr. White was a retired truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service. He also served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.
Born in Edgar, he moved from Jamaica Queens, N.Y., to Jacksonville 28 years ago.
He was a member of Faith Temple Ministry C.O.C.W.I.H. in Jacksonville.
Survivors include his wife, Victoria White of Jacksonville; a daughter; two brothers, including Lloyd White of Edgar; three sisters; and three grandsons.
Jack Austin of Gainesville died Monday in Gainesville. He was 75.
Mr. Austin owned and operated Austin Aluminum. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Born in Sylacauga, Ala., he moved from Sylacauga to Gainesville 25 years ago.
Mr. Austin was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Austin of Gainesville; a daughter, Jackie Lynn Austin of Gainesville; three sons, David Meyer of High Springs, Robert Meyer of Palatka and Raymond Thibault of Gainesville; two brothers, Frank Austin Jr. of Sylacauga and Howard Austin of Gainesville; two sisters, Edna Smith of Anniston, Ala., and Dorothy Perdue of Georgia; and three grandchildren.