Last updateWed, 30 Nov 2016 11pm

Ella Mae Hart

Mrs. Ella Mae Hart, age 66, of Lake City, Florida, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in the Haven Hospice of the Suwannee Valley following an extended illness.

A native of Jacksonville, Mrs. Hart had been a resident of Alachua County for many years prior to moving to Lake City. She retired from the University of Florida after 15 years of service as a Fundraiser for the University of Florida Foundation.  In her spare time, Mrs. Hart enjoyed fishing, canning, cooking, and spending time with her family. She was also an avid Gator Fan.

Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Dwight Fleming Sr., and her husband, Frederick G. Hart. She is survived by her mother, Janie Fleming of Lake City; her sisters, Joan Showalter of Lake City and Deloise E. Anton of Wellington, Florida and her brother, Gerald Dwight Fleming, also of Lake City.

Services for Mrs. Hart will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 in the Chapel of the Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home with Rev. Herman Griffin officiating. Interment services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Haven Hospice of the Suwannee Valley, 6037 US Highway 90 West, Lake City, FL  32055.

Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL  32055.  Please sign our online family guestbook at

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Mark Edward Hoffmann

Mark Edward Hoffmann, 58, passed away at home on Nov. 13, 2016. He was born Sep. 7, 1958 in Mill Valley, California, to Edward and Marceita Hoffmann. He attended Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity Evangelic Seminary. Mark went on to set up a private counseling practice. He first practiced in Chicago, Illinois, and later in Alachua County, Florida.

Mark, as a young man, was an avid outdoorsman, and a self-taught biologist. He became quite knowledgeable about the plants and animals of this region. From time to time, many of his animal friends resided in his parents’ home. One of his grandmothers would not visit his parents’ home until all of Mark’s serpents had been removed from the premises. As an adult, Mark focused on his chosen career, in which he was very effective. Many individuals benefited from Mark’s wise, common-sense counseling.

Mark is survived by his wife, Susan; parents, Edward and Marceita; sons, Joshua, Zachary, Christopher, and Marky; daughter, Amanda; grandson, Dillon; sister, Rebecca, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be greatly missed by these and all who knew him.

Graveside services and interment will be held at the Forest Grove Cemetery, Alachua, Florida, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Arrangements have been placed under the direction of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland Florida, 352-493-0050 and Cross City FL, 352-498-5400. Please sign the online guest book at

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Ronald “Ronnie” Irvin Emerson

Ronald Irvin Emerson, age 79, of Alachua, Florida, went to be with the Lord and his heavenly family on Oct. 29, 2016 as a result of an auto accident.

He was loved and cherished by his wife of 58 years, Marsha Hester Emerson; his son Greg Emerson (Susan) of Alachua; daughters Robin Watson (Archie) of Quincy, Florida, Paula Webb (Herb) of Gainesville, Florida; eight grandchildren, Justin Webb (Madi), Emily Emerson Presnell (Trey), Cody Watson, Hannah Emerson, Dustin Watson, Megan Watson, Dillon Webb, Sarah Webb; brothers Wade Emerson (Susie), Wayne Emerson (Karen) and brother-in-law Jimmy Hester (Sondra).

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Waldo and Mildred Ivey Emerson, his brothers Gerald Emerson and Dennis Emersonm, and a sister-in-law, Jean Meyer (Clark).

Ronnie was born and raised on the family farm in Bland, Florida, where he began his lifelong love of hunting, especially coon hunting, for which he held several World Titles for his coonhounds. After graduating from Ringling College of Arts and Design, he worked as an advertising director for Affiliated Grocers, Higdon Grocers and B&B Grocers, where he retired in 2002.

Ronnie loved his family, enjoyed spending time with them and was proud of their accomplishments. He was also looking forward to the birth of their first great-grandchild.

Ronnie’s family also included his coon hunting buddies. For them, he was a mentor, brother and a father figure. He will also be missed by his loyal coon dogs, always ready to hunt.

Ronnie and Marsha worshipped the Lord at First Baptist Church of High Springs.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Spring Hill Methodist Church, 23300 Old Bellamy Road, Alachua.

In lieu of flowers, please help us honor Ronnie through the North Florida Coon Hunting Club with the “Ronnie Emerson Memorial Youth Hunt.” Please send donations to North Florida Coon Hunting Club, 8861 S.W. State Rd. 121, Lake Butler, FL 32054.

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

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Merlyne Swilley Brooker

Merlyne Swilley Brooker, age 71, peacefully passed away into her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 with her family by her side. Merlyne was born in Alachua, Florida on Nov. 26, 1944 to Ivey and Elise Swilley. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1962, worked as a legal secretary and then helped found and manage the family’s business, Brooker’s Pest Control.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to her loving caregivers at both Ayers Rehabilitation Center and Haven Hospice.

Merlyne is survived by her daughters, Angie Brooker Payne (Dan), and Becky Brooker Manthey (James); six grandchildren, Joshua, Jillian, Landon, Addison, Coleton and Ashlynn.

A celebration of her life was held Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Evans Carter Funeral Home in High Springs. Visitation was held at Evans Carter Funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment was at New Oak Grove Cemetery in Alachua, Florida.

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Shirley Mae Larsen

Shirley Mae (Faulkner) Larsen, age 88, passed away at Hunters Crossing Place under the care of Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida, on Oct. 13, 2016.

Mrs. Larsen was born on Aug. 11, 1928 in Gurnee, Illinois, to Floyd and Gladys (Wilkelman) Faulkner. She was married to Howard Larsen on May 27, 1950. A talented homemaker, she was a devoted wife and mother of three. She found happiness in caring for her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her younger sister, Judy Deloof, and three loving sons, Gary, Ken, and Eric Larsen.

A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Haven Hospice Chapel, 4200 N.W. 90th Boulevard in Gainesville. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Shirley’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Haven Hospice of Gainesville.

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