Leon W. O'Hara
CHIEFLAND - Leon W. O'Hara of Chiefland died Friday at Ayers Health and Rehab Center in Trenton. He was 85.
Mr. O'Hara was a service foreman for Florida Power Corp.
Born in Inverness, he moved to Chiefland 44 years ago.
He was a Mason and a member of New England Heights Harly Town Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lilly Mae O'Hara of Chiefland; a son, Billy O'Hara of Chiefland; two daughters, Loreine P. Gilliard of Louisville, Ga., and Nancy A. Thornton of Sanford; a sister, Mary Lee Kearny of Lake City; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
LA CROSSE - Reginald Pegler of La Crosse died Thursday at his home. He was 81.
Mr. Pegler was a salesman for hardware stores. He also was a Spitfire airplane mechanic in the British Royal Air Force during World War II.
Born in London, he moved to the United States 52 years ago before moving from Fort Lauderdale to La Crosse 17 years ago.
He was a member of the Church of England.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Smith Pegler of La Crosse; a daughter, Ann Dehn of Cooper City; three sons, Bill Pegler of Starke, Cliff Pegler of Williston and Richard Pegler of La Crosse; three sisters, Daphne Hoddy, Iris Allingham and Jill Hatton, all of England; and nine grandchildren.
Mildred Marie Shinholster
SUWANNEE - Mildred Marie Shinholster of Suwannee died Thursday at her home. She was 82.
Mrs. Shinholster was a homemaker and a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church.
Born in Screven, Ga., she moved from Jacksonville to Suwannee 31 years ago.
She enjoyed growing flowers and cooking.
Survivors include her husband, William Shinholster of Suwannee; a son, Fred Stanley Boatright of Waverly, Ga.; two daughters, Eloise Williams of Waverly and Bearnese Hasty of Hilliard; a sister, Ruth Aspinwall of Odum, Ga.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
G. Hoyt Whipple
G. Hoyt Whipple of Gainesville died Wednesday at his home after a brief illness. He was 82.
Dr. Whipple was a professor emeritus of radiological health at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. He also was a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Commission, the World Health Organization and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He designed environmental surveys for nuclear power plants.
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and moved from Tallahassee to Gainesville four years ago.
He received a bachelor's of science degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Whipple enjoyed bird-watching, nature, music and reading.
Survivors include his wife, Marta Whipple of Gainesville; two daughters, Elizabeth Whipple and Dr. Margaret Whipple; three sons, Andrew Whipple, Dana Whipple and Matthew Whipple; and one granddaughter.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the University of Florida Museum of Natural History.
Pauline J. Bews
WILLISTON - Pauline J. Bews of Williston died Thursday in Lecanto after a long illness. She was 87.
Mrs. Bews was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Born in Geneva, N.Y., she moved from Clearwater to Williston seven years ago.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald J. Bews of Williston and John H. Bews of Waverly; a daughter, Patricia Ann Jones of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Chester Frank Dougherty
ORANGE HEIGHTS - Chester Frank Dougherty of Orange Heights died Thursday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville. He was 84.
Mr. Dougherty retired from Tacachale as a painter.
He was a lifelong resident of Orange Heights.
Mr. Dougherty was a member of Orange Heights Baptist Church.
He enjoyed fishing.
Mr. Dougherty was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Dougherty; and a daughter, Susie Sellers.
Survivors include five daughters, Viola Yates of Statesville, N.C., Anne Thigpen of Orange Heights, Dorothy Byrd and Debbie Granger, both of Waldo, and Grace Narron of Daleville, Ala.; four sons, Bud Dougherty and Harry Dougherty, both of Waldo, and George Dougherty and Clark Dougherty, both of Orange Heights; a brother, Earl Dougherty of Orange Heights; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mary Elizabeth Reid Hopwood
McINTOSH - Mary Elizabeth Reid "Betty" Hopwood of McIntosh died Monday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville. She was 75.
Mrs. Hopwood was a retired bookkeeper.
Born in Cleveland, she moved from Cleveland to McIntosh 26 years ago.
She was a member of Daughters of Scotia, a member and treasurer of McIntosh Presbyterian Church and was past president of Ladies Auxiliary of the Order of Scottish Clans and was a charter member of the Friends of McIntosh.
Survivors include her husband, Ernest E. Hopwood of McIntosh; two daughters, Donna Johnstone and Alison Doherty, both of Cleveland; two sons, William Hopwood and James Hopwood, both of Cleveland; and six grandchildren.
Alice Elaine Hunter
FORT WHITE - Alice Elaine Hunter of Fort White died Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She was 72.
Mrs. Hunter was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was a lifelong resident of Fort White.
Survivors include three sons, Wilbert J. Hunter and Chris Hunter, both of Fort White, and Gary Hunter of Gainesville; two daughters, Lisa Swartz of Fort White and Kim Everett of Live Oak; a sister, Carole Hollingsworth of High Springs; a brother, John Deal of High Springs; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John G. Morris Jr.
OTTER CREEK - John G. Morris Jr. of Otter Creek died Wednesday at Nature Coast Regional Hospital in Williston after a long illness. He was 30.
Mr. Morris was a security guard for Wells Fargo.
Born in Cuba, he lived most of his life in Otter Creek.
He enjoyed racing, fishing, cars and sports.
Mr. Morris was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen M. Morris of Otter Creek; a daughter, Chrissy Morris of Otter Creek; his parents, John Gilbert Sr. and Mary Alice Morris of Otter Creek; three sisters, Kim Osteen and Sissy Moore, both of Otter Creek, and Sherri Len "Peanut" Grigartis of Interlachen; and his paternal grandmother, Ferrell Morris of Otter Creek.
Harry Stewart of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 80.
Mr. Stewart was a retired research engineer for Pittsburgh Consolidated Coal Co. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Born in Tarentum, Pa., he moved from New Port Richey to Gainesville seven years ago.
He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Alachua.
Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret J. Stewart.
Survivors include a son, Ed Stewart of Alachua; a daughter, Jane Ruano of Gainesville; a brother, Gene Stewart of Sarver, Pa.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Sally Jo Risinger Jones
Sally Jo Risinger Jones of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She was 62.
Mrs. Jones formerly co-owned and operated Rex's Bakery, formerly Ken's Bakery.
Born in Hartford City, Ind., she moved from Hartford City to Gainesville 36 years ago.
She was a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband, Rex C. Jones of Gainesville; a daughter, Susan Jones Stewart of Gainesville; two sons, Rex K.B. Jones of Lakeland and Scott C. Jones of Gainesville; her mother, Doris Cady Risinger of Gainesville; a brother, Robert K. Risinger of Minneapolis; and three grandchildren.
Anna Rose Bruce
Anna Rose Bruce of Gainesville died Monday at her home after a long illness. She was 7 months old.
She was born in Gainesville.
Anna was a Methodist.
Survivors include her parents, Thomas Anthony Bruce III and Sue Ellen Persinger Bruce of Windsor; a sister, Nira Bradfield of Windsor; a brother, Darrell T. Bruce of Windsor; her maternal grandmother, Cheryl E. Bogner of Manchester, Ga., her maternal grandfather, Dave H. Persinger of Crystal River; her paternal grandmother, Edith C. Bruce of Gainesville; and her maternal great-grandmother, Peggy J. Alexander of Manchester.
Charles Williams Sr.
Charles Williams Sr. of Gainesville died Saturday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 79.
Mr. Williams was a retired carpenter for Tacachale. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Born in Gainesville, he moved from Saint Maurice, La., back to Gainesville 42 years ago.
He was a deacon at First Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a former chairman of the Deacons Board and of the Finance Committee, former member of the Trustee Board and a member of the Brotherhood Organization.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Luezella Gistand-Williams of Gainesville; eight sons, the Rev. Charles Williams Jr., Eddie Williams, Stanley Williams, Jeffrey Williams and Gregory Williams, all of Gainesville, Alphonso Williams of Orlando, Danniecq Williams of St. Petersburg and Leonard Williams of Macon, Ga.; six daughters, Brenda W. Thomas, Jacquelyn Williams, Sheila W. Waldon, Monica W. McGuire and Cassandra W. Jackson, all of Gainesville, and Cynthia W. Wright of Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother, Alphonso Williams of Tampa; 41 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
David Eugene Williams Sr.
David Eugene "Sonny" "Steamboat" Williams Sr. of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 67.
Mr. Williams was born in Copeland.
He was a member of Williams Memorial Church of God In Christ in Gainesville.
Mr. Williams enjoyed gardening and fishing.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Williams of Waycross, Ga.; four sons, David Williams Jr. of Orlando, Ronnie Williams of Kansas City, Kan., Jerry Williams of Kansas City and Glen Williams of Gainesville; two daughters, Priscilla Ann Lewis and Melinda Gail Williams, both of Waycross; two brothers, the Rev. Frank Williams and Curtis Williams, both of Gainesville; four sisters, Dorothy Coward of Gainesville, Alice Hamlet and Edna Blake, both of St. Petersburg, and Willette Walker of Baltimore; 32 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.