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George Michael Babula

George Michael Babula, Sr., 72, of Williston, Florida, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Mr. Babula was born in Miami, Florida on March 9, 1944 and served his country in the United States Army. He was a Lieutenant with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at the Alachua County Jail. Mr. Babula loved animals, and over the years rescued as many as he was able. He enjoyed fishing, collecting tools and toy cars. He was Catholic.

He is survived by his wife, Carmel Faith Babula of Williston; son, George Michael Babula, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; daughter, Paula (Edward) Davis of Cape Coral, Florida; step-daughter, Elizabeth Warren of Melrose, Florida; sister, Betty Betts of Ocean, New Jersey; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, Florida on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2 p m.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland Chapel, 352-493-0050.

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Robin D. King Harris

Robin D. King Harris, 56, of Fort White, Florida, departed this life Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Suwannee Valley Hospice, Lake City, Florida. She was of the Baptist faith and a graduate of the Suwannee High School Class of 1977. She was a longtime employee of UPS. Robin was a loving wife, mother and grandmother; she loved her animals and plants and especially her family.

Survivors include her husband, Pat Harris, of Fort White; son Joshua (Kelly) Butts of Fort White; two stepsons, Justin (Lindsey) and Josh Harris of Fort White; two brothers, Lance (Alex) King ofPanama City, Florida, and Lawrence (Wendy) King of Guam; two sisters, Rosalind (Albert) Horne, of Live Oak, Florida, and Rhonda (Shawna) Pace of Tallahassee, Florida, as well as six grandchildren, Khloe, Aiden, Zoe, Briley, Ashley, Jessica and one great-grandchild, Olivia.

A service of remembrance will be at 12 Noon, Saturday, April 30, 2016 at The Summit Church in High Springs (U.S. Highway 441), with family visitation one hour prior to service.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, FL 386-454-2444.

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Lory “Bimmie” Denae Bell

Lory “Bimmie” Denae Bell, Sunrise: July 3, 1962 - Sunset: April 15, 2016

Ms. Bell, age 53, departed this life at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Bell.

Ms. Bell leaves to mourn her memory, a loving and caring mother Maxine Perry, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and the Santa Fe High School, Class of 1980.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 10 S.E. Martin Luther King Blvd., High Springs, Florida.

Rev James McDaniel, Pastor.

Professional care entrusted to A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home, High Springs, Florida, 386-454-1110.

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Marian Fowler Koon

Marian Fowler Koon, 65, of Newberry, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Ms. Koon was born on Feb. 16, 1951 in Trenton, Florida and lived in the area all of her life. She worked at State Farm Insurance as a receptionist and was a Baptist.

She is survived by son, Larry E. Koon, Jr. and his wife Stacey of Archer, Florida; daughter, Glenna M. Eckert and her husband Jeramy of Jacksonville, Florida; brothers, Aaron C. Fowler of Newberry and Andy W. Fowler of Williston, Florida; sister, Aceany Crawford of Newberry and two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by parents, Buddy and Catherine Fowler, one daughter and brother, Edward Fowler, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at Forest Grove Baptist Church, 22575 NW 94th Avenue, Alachua, Florida, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3p.m. with Rev. Andy Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Rick Gooding Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, Florida, on Thursday, April 28, 2016 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland Chapel, 352-493-0050.

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William Russell Chastain

William Russell Chastain, 54, of High Springs, Florida, passed away after a long courageous battle with cancer on April 10, 2016 at his home with his family. Russell was the owner and operator of Russell’s Lawn Service for the past three years and previously owner of W.R. Chastain Spreading Service. Russell worked in farming all of his life and took great pride in his work.

Russell is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Linda Lee Chastain, daughter Brittany (Donny) Chastain Logan and son William Colton Chastain. Russell loved his kids and always made sure they were taken care of. He is also survived by his loving parents, Billy and Cleone Crews Chastain and sister April Chastain.

Russell was a Christian and a member of Forest Grove Baptist Church. He loved and lived life to the very fullest and always made friends with everyone he met. Russell would greet everyone with his cowboy hat, a big smile, and a funny joke.  He loved to make everyone laugh and had a heart of gold.  Russell was a member of the Gilchrist County Sportsman hunting club, he looked forward to being there every season to hunt and spend time with his friends that he loved so dearly.   During the summer months Russell liked to take his family to Daytona Beach and spend time in the waves and enjoy the sunshine.  He loved to listen to country music and sing Willie Nelson karaoke. Russell was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, cousin, and friend to all. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at Forest Grove Baptist Church, Alachua, Florida, on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Andy Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Forest Grove Baptist Church between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Flowers are welcome but donations to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties will be appreciated.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida, 352-493-0050.

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