Rodneshia Shanice Williams
CROSS CITY - Rodneshia Shanice Williams of Cross City died Feb. 8 at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was 6.
Rodneshia was a first-grader at Anderson Elementary School in Cross City.
She was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident of Cross City.
Survivors include her mother, Pleshette Days of Cross City; her father, Rodney Kirk Williams of Chiefland; a sister, Kirnae Williams of Chiefland; her grandmothers, Rosa Lee Days of Cross City and Betty Williams of Gainesville; and her grandfathers, Paul Williams of Bronson, John Scott of Gainesville and Minister Escar Thomas of Cross City.
Bruce Laman Wooten
MONTEOCHA - Bruce Laman "Pee Wee" Wooten of Monteocha died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a long illness following an automobile accident he was involved in 25 years ago. He was 40.
Mr. Wooten was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Monteocha as an infant.
He attended Old Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his adopted mother, Annie Lucille "Aunt Sweet" Williamson of Monteocha; his biological mother, Elizabeth "Lil" Wooten Kelly of St. Petersburg; his caretaker, Olivia Simmons Lewis of Gainesville; three brothers, Larry Wooten and Samuel Kelly, of St. Petersburg, and Nathan Wooten of Columbus, Ohio; and three sisters, Pamela White of Mountain View, Calif., and Alicha Wooten and Tracey Merrix, both of St. Petersburg.
Jannie Hughes Roberts
Jannie Hughes Roberts died Sunday at her daughter's house in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 84.
Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker.
She was born in Newberry and moved from Hague to Gainesville more than 70 years ago.
Mrs. Roberts was a graduate of the old Lincoln High School and a member of Williams Temple Church of God in Christ in Gainesville, where she was a member of the church's Hospitality Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Roberts, and a son, Arthur L. Roberts.
Survivors include five sons, Joseph N. Roberts and Jerry L. Roberts, both of Camden, N.J., the Rev. James E. Roberts of Ashville, N.C., Carl E. Roberts of Gainesville and David E. Roberts of Camden, N.J.; two daughters, Edna V. Roberts of Pensacola and Barbara J. Walker of Gainesville; 32 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.
Elsie Mae Batten Hunter Pigott Straughn
HAWTHORNE - Elsie Mae Batten Hunter Pigott Straughn of Hawthorne died Tuesday at Shands at AGH after a short illness. She was 80.
Mrs. Straughn was born in Starke and moved from Starke to Hawthorne 40 years ago.
She was a Baptist and a retired nurse's aid in several hospitals, including Bradford Hospital in Starke.
She was preceded in death by her son, Roy D. Hunter Jr.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Thomas of Macclenny; four sons, Richard M. Hunter Sr. and Kenneth D. Hunter, both of Macclenny, Jimmie B. Pigott of Waldo and Ronnie M. Pigott of Hawthorne; two foster children, Johnny Straughn and Paula Straughn, both of Greenville, Ala.; a brother, Earl Batten of Starke; a sister, Anna Fender of Starke; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Joyce E. Tuttle
Joyce E. Tuttle of Gainesville died Wednesday at her home. She was 79.
Mrs. Tuttle was born in Sydney, Australia, and moved from Clearwater to Gainesville six years ago.
She was Catholic.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Philo J. Tuttle.
Survivors include four daughters, Karen L. Hatfield, Patti L. Tuttle, Tabitha Tuttle and Foxy Tuttle, all of Gainesville.
Ada Thompson Porter Williams
WILLISTON - Ada Thompson Porter Williams of Williston died March 4 at Nature Coast Regional Hospital in Williston. She was 103.
Mrs. Williams was born in Georgia and moved to Newberry, where she lived most of her life. She moved to Williston two years ago.
She was raised in the Holiness church and was the mother of Miller's Temple in Alachua.
Mrs. Williams was the last survivor of 10 children and lived to see five generations of her family. She was a nanny to all of her nieces and nephews and enjoying taking care of needy people in the community.
"She was a loving and caring person," said her niece, Bertha Henderson. "Once you get to know her, you never forget her."
Despite going blind in 1991, Mrs. Williams taught crochet and other needlework classes at the community center until she had a stroke two years ago.
Henderson said Mrs. Williams valued family history and told her that her grandfather found and freed all of his children from slavery after the Civil War.
Survivors include her caretaker, Henrietta Brown of Williston; and many nieces and nephews.
Ronald D. Young
Ronald D. Young of Gainesville died Wednesday at his home. He was 86.
Mr. Young was a retired superintendent of the Washingtonville School District in New York.
He was born in Denmark, N.Y., and moved from Sarasota to Gainesville three years ago.
Mr. Young served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include a daughter, Donni Young of Micanopy.
Winford B. Andrew
Winford B. Andrew of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at AGH. He was 72.
Mr. Andrew was a retired maintenance man.
He was born in Fort Lauderdale and moved from to Gainesville 65 years ago.
Mr. Andrew was a member of the Monteocha Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Blanche Marie Neeley Andrew of Gainesville; two stepsons, Curtis Dewitt of Gainesville and John Lindsey of Booker; a stepdaughter, Lottie Stancel of Gainesville; and five grandchildren.
Martha Alice Disabb
Martha Alice Disabb died Saturday at home in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 81.
Mrs. Disabb was a retired children's librarian at the Southside branch library in Jacksonville.
She was born in Jacksonville and lived there her entire life. She moved to Gainesville seven years ago but kept her home in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Disabb was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Disabb.
Survivors include a daughter, Michele Disabb of Gainesville; and five grandchildren.
Janet M. Kientz
Janet M. Kientz of Gainesville died Tuesday at the North Florida Rehabilitation and Specialty Care Center. She was 91.
Mrs. Kientz was a retired clerk with the state of Virginia.
She was born in Stony Creek, Va., and moved from Jarratt, Va., to Gainesville eight years ago.
Mrs. Kientz was Presbyterian.
Survivors include a son, Randolph Kientz of Gainesville; a sister, Alma Starke of Petersburg, Va.; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.