Todd Christopher Prosser
Todd Christopher Prosser of Atlanta died Wednesday. He was 25.
Mr. Prosser was born in Winter Haven and lived in Gainesville and Ocala before moving to Atlanta last year. He was an associate developer for an Internet consulting firm.
He was an Episcopalian. An alumnus of the University of Florida, Mr. Prosser received a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1997 and a master's degree with high honors in decision and information sciences in 1999. He was an avid Gators fan. Survivors include his parents, Ellen and Ted C. Prosser of Ocala; and a brother, Ted C. Prosser III of Gainesville.
Vendetta Sheller Collar
HIGH SPRINGS - Vendetta Sheller Collar, a lifelong resident of High Springs, died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 83.
Mrs. Collar worked in the food service industry and in the public service industry.
She was a member of First Methodist Church of High Springs, the AARP and the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as past worthy matron. Mrs. Collar was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. Collar.
Survivors include three daughters, Sheila Hawkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Catherine Burton of Palm Beach and Mildred Fe Hardee of Dunwoody, Ga.; two sons, Thomas Hunt Collar Jr. and James Collar, both of High Springs; 10 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
Craig Harrison Hobbs
Craig Harrison Hobbs died Friday at his residence in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was 53.
Mr. Hobbs was a lifelong resident of Gainesville. He retired from the Gainesville Police Department.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Mr. Hobbs served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include a daughter, Cara Hobbs of Gainesville; his mother, Sarah E. Hobbs of Gainesville; a brother, Donald Hobbs of Tampa; and a stepbrother, Dennis Hobbs of Germantown, Tenn.
Edwin Eugene Justice
MELROSE - Edwin Eugene Justice died Thursday at his residence in Melrose following an extended illness. He was 64.
Mr. Justice was born in Ellicott City, Md., and moved to Melrose from Gainesville two years ago. He was a computer assistant analyst and a member of Melrose United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Justice of Melrose; two sons, Ken Justice of Gainesville and Robert Justice of Jacksonville; a daughter, Jenn Justice of Jacksonville; three sisters, Joyce Wessel of Martinburg, W.Va., Evelyn Speak of Mount Aire, Md., and JoAnn Bonsall of Cape Coral; and four grandchildren.
Mabel Fields McDavis
Mabel Fields McDavis of Richmond, Va., died Sunday in Richmond. She was 85.
Mrs. McDavis was born in Owensboro, Ky., and lived in Gainesville for many years before moving to Richmond in July.
She worked with the Gainesville Job Corps Center.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Joe McDavis of Richmond; three sons, Abdur-Rahim Majeed and Frederick J. McDavis, both of Dayton, Ohio, and Roderick J. McDavis of Richmond; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Moses McDavis of Richmond; three grandsons, Ryan J. McDavis, Joe McDavis II and Anthony J. McDavis; and a great-grandson, Joe McDavis III.
Percy Warner Frazer
Percy Warner Frazer, a retired University of Florida forestry professor, died Thursday. He was 93.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1929 he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After several industrial jobs, he attended the School of Forestry at Yale University, receiving a master's degree in 1935.
Mr. Frazer became a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Forestry (later the School of Forestry) at the University of Florida in 1936 and taught dendrology, forest fire ecology and forest policy until 1975.
He participated in student activities such as the Forestry Club and helped organize the Forest School's Alumni Association. He was active in professional forestry affairs and served for many years as historian and archivist of the Florida Chapter Society of American Foresters.
Mr. Frazer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was discharged with the rank of Major.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Wisner of Gainesville; a son, Lee K. Frazer of Keystone Heights; three stepsons, John Dusenbury, Richard Dusenbury and David Dusenbury; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Clinton S. Burton
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Clinton S. Burton of Keystone Heights died Friday at the Alachua Nursing Center in Gainesville after a long illness. He was 88.
Mr. Burton was a retired self-employed auto mechanic.
He was born in Stillwater, Okla., and moved from Gainesville to Keystone Heights 58 years ago.
Mr. Burton was a member of Hope Baptist Church.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Dottie Varnes of Starke; a stepson, Frankie Lopercq of Americus, Ga.; three brothers, Victor Burton of Hawthorne, Keith Burton of Gainesville and John Burton of El Paso, Texas; and a sister, Phyllis Bates of Toccoa, Ga.
Walter Glenn Ebling
Walter Glenn Ebling of Gainesville died Friday at Hospice House of Gainesville. He was 67.
Mr. Ebling was the founder and president of Utility Service of Gainesville. He also served in the National Guard.
He was born in Lake City and moved from Micanopy to Gainesville 12 years ago. Mr. Ebling was a member of the Alachua County School Board from 1967-70.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and helped establish the Church of the Mediator in Micanopy.
Mr. Ebling was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Merryday Ebling; and a son, David Ebling.
Survivors include his wife, Jewel Sheppard Ebling of Gainesville; a son, Harold Ebling; three daughters, Glenn Nancarrow, Martha Richards and Mericq Rhodes; a brother, Warren Ebling; two stepsons, Ed Sheppard and Wendell Sheppard; three stepdaughters, Miriam DuBose, Denise Nakamishi and Pam Mathews; seven grandchildren; 20 stepgrandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice House of Gainesville or to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.
Robert Edward Lee Greene
Robert Edward Lee Greene, a retired University of Florida professor, died Saturday in Easton, Md. He was 88.
Dr. Greene taught agriculture economics at North Carolina State University and at the University of Florida.
He was born in Raleigh, N.C., and moved from Gainesville to Easton eight months ago. He received a master's degree in physics from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in agriculture economics from Cornell University in New York.
Dr. Greene was chairman of the Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church of Gainesville and was a member of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucy Fortescue; and a second wife, Mary McLaurin Wheeler.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Greene of Thomson, Ga., and Herman Greene of Raleigh; a daughter, Betty Mackintoshcq of Easton; two stepsons, Laurincq Wheeler of Fayetteville, Ark., and John Wheeler of Washington, D.C.; a stepdaughter, Lois Wheeler of Greensboro, N.C.; and numerous grandchildren.
James Wilson Imler
LaCROSSE - James Wilson Imler of LaCrosse died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 82.
Mr. Imler was a retired truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran.
He was born in Alberta, Canada, and moved to LaCrosse 52 years ago.
Mr. Imler was a member of Antioch Baptist Church near LaCrosse.
Survivors include a son, Tracycq Imler of LaCrosse; a brother, Joseph S. Imler of Santa Fe; and a sister, Margaret Davidson of Orlando.
Former Alachua County educator Faye Cake dies at age 57
Longtime Alachua County educator Faye Cake died at her residence Wednesday night after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Cake, 57, worked for the Alachua County School Board for more than 38 years. She retired as assistant superintendent for personnel on Oct. 6.
Mrs. Cake had battled ovarian cancer for 10 years. She was the 2000 recipient of the American Cancer Society Courage Award.
"She was just beloved by everybody, " said Sandy Hollinger, director of human resources for the district.
Mrs. Cake was born in Franklin County, Ala., and moved to Gainesville in 1951.
After graduating from Gainesville High School, she attended the University of Florida, where she earned a master's degree and a specialist degree in education.
Mrs. Cake began her career in Alachua County schools in 1963 at Littlewood Elementary School, where she taught first grade. From 1966 to 1969, she worked as the district's reading specialist.
Mrs. Cake was assistant principal at Lake Forest Elementary School for several years and was director of staff development for the district from 1975 to 1999. She was promoted to assistant superintendent in 1999.
Officials with the School Board have raised more than $13, 000 toward a staff development scholarship that will be dedicated to Mrs. Cake.
In an interview before the dedication of her scholarship on Oct. 3, Mrs. Cake said: "My message would be to the people that are carrying on that we're really out there for the students in the classroom. Decisions need to be made based on that, rather than what's best for an individual. That's part of what I'd like to leave as a legacy and what we're really all about."
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Cake was also a member of the Altrusa Club and the National and State Education Association. She served as president of the Florida Association for Staff Development.
Survivors include two sons, Terrence L. Cake and Joseph B. Cake, both of Gainesville; her mother, Loree Graben Strickland of Gainesville; a sister, Anne S. Young of Gainesville; and two brothers, Jack Strickland and Tom Strickland, both of Gainesville.