Robert Brooks Jr.
Robert Brooks Jr. of Gainesville died Aug. 12 at Shands at AGH. He was 53.
Mr. Brooks was a production technician for Metal Container Corp. He also served in the U.S. Army.
He was born in Lake Butler and moved to Gainesville 20 years ago.
Mr. Brooks graduated from Consolidated High School in Union County.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy Brooks of Gainesville; three daughters, Sheryl Davis of Orange Park, Linda Mitchell of Jacksonville and Erika Brooks of Gainesville; a son, Robert Brooks III of Gainesville; his mother, Johnnie Mae Brooks of Alachua; three sisters, Mary Louise Austin of Lake City and Louvenia Dix and Helen Inez Garrison, both of Alachua; six brothers, Albert E. Brooks, Walter Brooks, Alvin Leon Brooks and Anthony J. Brooks, all of Gainesville, Ray Carl Brooks of Alachua, and Timmy Lee Brooks of Lake City; and seven grandchildren.
Susie Edith McCone Clark
Susie Edith McCone Clark of Taunton, Mass., died Monday in Taunton after a long illness. She was 97.
Mrs. Clark was a homemaker.
She was born in Gordon Chapel and moved from Hawthorne to Taunton 47 years ago.
Mrs. Clark enjoyed walking, quilting and cooking.
Survivors include four daughters, including Alethia Brown and Jettie Henderson, both of Hawthorne; three sons; 28 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
Ernest H. Cox
Ernest H. Cox of Gainesville died Monday at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care Center after a long illness. He was 91.
Dr. Cox was an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida from 1964 until 1972, when he retired. He began at UF as an English and logic professor in 1947 and later served as assistant dean of the University College from 1962-64.
Previously, he was an elementary school principal in Waynesville, N.C., superintendent of schools in Elizabethton, Tenn., English professor at Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas, and was an academic dean at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi.
He was born in Ashland City, Tenn., and moved from Blue Mountain, Miss., to Gainesville 52 years ago.
Dr. Cox received his bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., his master's degree in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and Doers of the Word (DOW) Men's Bible Class, which he taught for 11 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Belle Smith Cox.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Margaret Cox Overbey of Germantown, Md., and Clara Cox Todd of Chadds Ford, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the First Baptist Church in Gainesville.
WILLISTON -- Florine Day of Williston died Monday at Oak View Care Center after a long illness. She was 91.
Mrs. Day was a homemaker.
She was born in Raleigh and lived in Williston for the rest of her life.
Mrs. Day was a member of the Female Protective Society, Pallbearers Lodge No. 2, and the Church of God By Faith, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Mother's Board, Home Mission and Usher Board.
Survivors include three daughters, Bessie M. Jones and Essie M. Jamerson, both of Williston, and Ethel L. Robinson of Raleigh; a sister, Flora B. Hammonds of Raleigh; 21 grandchildren.; 39 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great- grandchildren.
Virginia B. Dingee
CHIEFLAND -- Virginia B. Dingee of Chiefland died July 21 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.
She was 74.
Mrs. Dingee was a former cafeteria worker at Ashby High School, where she graduated from. She later was a clerical worker for Dr. Kenneth Wise in Florida. She and her first husband were foster parents to many children through Catholic Charities.
She was born in Wheeling, W.Va., and moved to Florida 28 years ago.
Mrs. Dingee was an adjutant in the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter 52 and was secretary of the Veterans Support Group, both in Levy County.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Dingee.
Survivors include her husband, Morris Dingee same name of Trenton; a son, Ronald Dingee of Greenville, N.H.; a brother, Lynn Walker of Sebring; a sister, Betty Jackson of Scituate, Mass.; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
Carol Ann Nelson Fillyaw
LAKE BUTLER -- Carol Ann Nelson Fillyaw of Lake Butler died Monday at Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville after a brief illness. She was 52.
She was a homemaker.
Born in Gainesville, she lived in Fort Myers before moving to Lake Butler in 1969.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Starke.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Fillyaw Sr. of Lake Butler; three daughters, Lisa Preski and Ashley Fillyaw, both of Jacksonville, and GaNeene Fillyaw of Lake Butler; two sons, Charles Fillyaw of West Palm Beach and Robert E. Fillyaw Jr. of Lake Butler; her parents, Charles and Betty Nelson of Cape Coral; two sisters, Claudia Hart and Charlene McAleer, both of Cape Coral; a brother, Ronnie Berry of Cape Coral; and five grandchildren.
Tracy H. Fitz
Tracy H. Fitz of Gainesville died unexpectedly Sunday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 40.
Mr. Fitz was a restaurant manager and a lifelong resident of Gainesville.
Mr. Fitz was a 1977 graduate of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and later attended Santa Fe and St. Johns community colleges.
He was a member of Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Fitz of Gainesville; a daughter, Chantel Fitz of Gainesville; his mother, Barbara Fitz of Gainesville; a sister, Tarolyn Waymon of Tallahassee; four brothers, Gerald Brown of El Paso, Texas, and Arracheo Fitz, Alforeso Fitz and Cleveland Kendall III, all of Gainesville.
Edwin E. Prentice
MORRISTON -- Edwin E. Prentice of Morriston died Tuesday in Morriston after a long illness. He was 83.
Mr. Prentice was a retired custodian for the Hillsborough County School Board. He also was a shipyard worker in Tampa.
He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and moved from Tampa to Morriston 18 years ago.
Mr. Prentice was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Inglis and was a member of the Ornan Masonic Lodge No. 231 F&AM.;
Survivors include his wife, Essie Mae Prentice of Morriston; a daughter, Sharon Staples of Lakeland; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Norman L. Redding
STARKE -- The Rev. Norman L. Redding of Starke died Wednesday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville after a long illness. He was 74.
The Rev. Redding was a minister in Alabama, Louisiana and Pensacola, and he was a former chaplain for the Department of Corrections.
He was born in Brewster and moved from Gadsden, Ala., to Starke 37 years ago. The Rev. Redding was a member of Kingsley Lake Baptist Church in Starke.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Jean Davis Redding of Starke; a daughter, Christie Torode of Starke; a son, Col. Butch Redding of Starke; a sister, Zela Gillette of Pensacola; and four grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Kingsley Lake Baptist Church Building Fund.
James Arthur Anderson
James Arthur Anderson died Wednesday at his Gainesville home. He was 82.
He was born in Portland, Ohio, and moved to Gainesville from Huntington, W.Va., in 1985.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a retired tool and die maker.
Mr. Anderson was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1064 in Huntington.
He was a Presbyterian.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Anderson of Gainesville; three daughters, Francis A. Chaput of Indiana, Jeannie Manis of West Virginia and Joyce Collier of Alabama; two sons, James I. Anderson of North Carolina and Curtis Anderson of Florida; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to the Hospice of North Central Florida.