Marilyne Belle Firth
ST. AUGUSTINE - Marilyne Belle Firth of St. Augustine died Sunday at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine.
She was 76.
Mrs. Firth was a homemaker.
She was born in Detroit and moved from Gainesville to St. Augustine one year ago.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Firth of St. Augustine; a daughter, Diane Ely of St. Augustine; a son, Barry Firth of Keystone Heights; and two grandchildren.
Katherine Kline Gordon
Katherine Kline Gordon of Gainesville and Cedar Key died Friday at her home in Cedar Key. She was 71.
Mrs. Gordon was a registered nurse. She later became a mental health counselor at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
She was born in Alabama, raised in Cuba, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville 32 years ago.
Mrs. Gordon received a master's degree in psychology. She co-authored several books on psychology and research with her husband, Richard Edwards Gordon, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the UF Faculty Club, the Spouses' Auxiliaries of the Florida Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association.
Survivors include a son, Richard E. Gordon of Gainesville; three daughters, Katherine Reed of London, Virginia Ford of La Canada, Calif., and Laurie Gordon of Orlando; a brother, Edmund Kline of St. Joseph, Mo.; two sisters, Caroline Gibson of Tulsa, Okla., and Elizabeth Brown of Thornton, Colo.; and five grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the American Psychiatric Association Alliance Charitable Fund (for Widows) c/o Margo Adams, Florida Psychiatric Society in Tallahassee.
Annie Lucille Johnson
Annie Lucille Johnson of Gainesville died Monday at her daughter's home in Gainesville. She was 97.
Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker.
She was born in Springfield, Ill., and moved from Miami to Gainesville 18 years ago.
Mrs. Johnson was a Methodist.
She enjoyed gardening.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Johnson.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorris Marshall of Gainesville; a granddaughter, Susan Brookins of Gainesville; a grandson, Reed Marshall of Gainesville; one great-grandson; and one great-great- granddaughter.
Lester John Leach
STARKE - Lester John Leach of Starke died Monday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville.
He was 69.
Mr. Leach was retired from Du Pont Chemical Co. He also had served in the U.S. Army.
He was born in Alachua and moved from Alachua to Starke at a young age.
Mr. Leach was a Baptist.
Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Miller of Starke and Sharon Leach of High Springs; a sister, Mabel Lewis of Starke; and two grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice of North Central Florida.
Alfred Whiddon Petty
MELROSE - Alfred Whiddon Petty of Melrose died Tuesday at his home.
He was 80.
Mr. Petty was a retired architect for KBJ Inc. in Jacksonville. He also had served in the U.S. Army.
He was born in Pacolet, S.C., and moved from Jacksonville to Melrose more than 22 years ago.
Mr. Petty was a member of the Albert Russell Masonic Lodge No. 126 in Jacksonville.
He was a Methodist.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Wilson Petty of Melrose; three daughters, Yvonne P. Thompson of Warrington, Ga., Betty D. Hinson of Middleburg and Mary E. Stephens of Orange Park; two sons, Charles Petty of East Lansing, Mich., and Patrick S. Petty of Jacksonville; a brother, Jessie Petty of Starke; two sisters, Doris Holloway of Jacksonville Beach and Lucille Spillern of Keystone Heights; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Thomas Fred Wheaton
LAKE CITY - Thomas Fred Wheaton of Lake City died of cancer Monday at his home.
He was 60.
Mr. Wheaton was a medical center director at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City from 1987-94. The VA nursing home and the VA outpatient clinic were built during Wheaton's administration. He also worked for the U.S. Veterans Affairs in other states for the past 25 years and taught at several colleges and universities.
He was born in Cheboygan, Mich., and moved to Lake City 12 years ago. He had served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Wheaton received a bachelor of arts degree in history and government from Jacksonville University, a master's degree in social work from Florida State University in Tallahassee and a master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.
He received the Presidential Rank Award for Sustained Excellence in Leadership in 1992.
He was a member of the American Hospital Association, the Disabled American Veterans, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, was a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was on the Board of Directors of the Suwannee Valley Community Blood Bank, and was past president of the Sons of the American Revolution in Lake City.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Wheaton of Lake City; a son, Thomas A. Wheaton of Spearfish, S.D.; a daughter, Elizabeth Anne Wheaton of Onancock, Va.; his mother, Mae Francisco of Bradenton; a sister, Marilyn Smith of Tallahassee; and a stepbrother, Bernard N. Francisco of Lansing, Mich.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the American Cancer Society in Lake City or to the Hospice of North Central Florida in Lake City.
Omie V. Adams
BRANFORD - Omie V. Adams of Branford died Tuesday at Shands at Live Oak.
She was 92.
Mrs. Adams was a homemaker and a member of Ephesus Advent Christian Church in Branford.
She was born in Bell and moved to Branford 75 years ago.
Survivors include a daughter, Myra Shiver of Mayo; four sons, Sid Adams, Ralph Adams, Doyle Adams and Levar Adams, all of Branford; four sisters, Vina Hardee and Pat Floyd, both of High Springs, Deloris Cobb of Bronson and Vanice Walker of Branford; three brothers, Evans Douglas, Horace Douglas and Orville Douglas, all of High Springs; 28 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Guy Love Brady
Guy Love Brady of Gainesville died Tuesday in Gainesville.
He was 85.
Mr. Brady was a motion picture operator at Florida Theater in Jacksonville.
He was born in Havana, Fla., and moved from Jacksonville to Gainesville 27 years ago.
Mr. Brady was a Baptist.
Survivors include a brother, Clifford Brady of Tallahassee; and two sisters, Myrtle Brady Cherry of Gainesville and Erma Bettenhausen of Clarksville, Tenn.
Lucy Emma Dubberly
LaCROSSE - Lucy Emma Dubberly of LaCrosse died Sunday in Gainesville. She was 82.
Mrs. Dubberly was a retired nursing assistant.
She was born in St. Mary's, Mo., and moved from Hollywood to LaCrosse 16 years ago.
Mrs. Dubberly was a member of St. Madeleine Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Dianne Dubberly of LaCrosse; a son, Richard Dubberly of Hollywood; and four grandchildren.