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Elizabeth U. (Betty) Hitchcock

Elizabeth U. (Betty) Hitchcock, age 85, passed away on April 29, 2014.

Mrs. Betty Hitchcock was born in Pahokee, Fla., on Dec. 27, 1928, to Edward and Julia Unwin. She married Robert (Bob) Hitchcock in 1947. The couple relocated to Alachua, where Betty and Bob together operated Hitchcock’s supermarkets for many years. Betty loved her customers and found great joy in serving others. Her love for people was evident, and her acts of kindness touched the lives of many. She was a devoted Christian and member of the Alachua Church of Christ, a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Predeceased by her husband, five brothers, and three sisters, Betty is survived by her son, Alan (Cathy) Hitchcock of Alachua and daughter, Kathy (Marvin ) Weaver of Trenton, Fla.; grandchildren Laura Brown, Ryan Weaver, Samantha Ward, Jake Hitchcock, Andrea Turner, Valerie McMahon, and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hitchcock will be held at the Alachua Church of Christ on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 6-8 p.m., at the Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, Florida. Services are under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

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Janice Fountain Hernberger

Janice Fountain Hernberger, 74, longtime Gainesville resident, passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at her residence in Franklin, Tenn. She grew up in High Springs where she was a graduate of High Springs High School class of 1956 and was a member of First Baptist Church of High Springs. She retired from AT&T after 30 years of service. She was office manager for North Florida Immediate Care Center for several years. She was preceded in death by her parents, John F. and Vera Fountain and an older sister, Doyce Phillips.

Survivors include a son Robert (Robyn) Hernberger; Lillian Hernberger, Nashville, Tenn., one sister, Paggy Thevenet and brother-in-law Ted Thevenet, North Fort Myers, Fla.; two nephews, Robert Thevenet, Belmont, Calif. and John Thevenet, Milwaukee, Wis., and a great niece, Cadence Thevenet, Belmont, Calif.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, in the High Springs Cemetery with Rev. Morris Beck and Rebecca Brown officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6 – 7 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home High Springs, 386-454-2444. In Lieu of flowers please donate to Streetlight at Shands, P.O. Box 100296 Gainesville, FL 32610. Make checks payable to UFF Memo Streetlight account 013347 or online at streetlight.ufheath.org

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Brenda J. Davis Clemons

Brenda J. Davis Clemons, 65, retired, departed her earthly body on April 18, 2014. She leaves to mourn a loving and faithful husband Charles Clemons; father Lenard Davis; two sisters Gloria James and Wilhelmenia Long; and two brothers Theodore Davis and Ronald Davis. Waiting in heaven for her is her mother C. Elizabeth Davis and brother Lenard B. Davis.

Funeral services Mrs. Clemons will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel AME Church, 10 SE MLK Blvd High Springs, FL 32643. Rev. James McDaniel, Pastor. Viewing one hour prior to funeral.

 

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Madyolin Louise Love

Madyolin Louise Love age 92 passed away at Victoria Gardens Nursing Home in McKinney, Texas on April 24, 2014.

Ms. Love was born in Alachua, Fla., on Jan. 11, 1922 to George and Lois Lewis. She married Algie Morton Love and they lived in the Miami area for many years. Ms. Love was a seamstress and a homemaker.

Ms. Love was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by a son, Anthony Love (Susan) of Blairsville, Ga., a daughter, Sharon Tollenaar (Dirk) of McKinney, Texas, and five grandchildren; Aaron Love, Tasha Wiseman, Jared Love, Cheryl Tollenaar and Derrick Tollenaar and one great grandchild, Mason Love.

Funeral services for Ms. Love are under the direction of Evans Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main Street, High Springs, Fla. Visitation will be on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. followed by a graveside service. Burial will be at the Newnansville Cemetery in Alachua.

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LaVaughn “Von” Hodges Fraser

LaVaughn “Von” Hodges Fraser, age 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville. He was born in Doerun, Ga., on Feb. 22, 1938.

Von was the eighth child born to Wallace and Sallie (Hodges) Fraser. He was raised in a large family in a small, rural town with a strong work ethic. At age 12 he was a telephone switchboard operator and worked a paper route. On summer breaks he picked cotton, cropped tobacco and stacked peanuts while completing his high school education. When questioned about stacking peanuts he replied, “Anyone who grew up in rural Georgia in the 1950s can tell you what that means!” He inherited his love of conversing with others from his mother. With her nine children gathered around the dinner table on Sundays, she enjoyed sharing stories of growing up in rural Georgia. When questions why he talks fast, Von replied, he had to talk fast to get a word in edgewise with 11people at one table.

After a tour of duty in the United States Army as a Non-Commission Officer, Von attended the University of Florida where he earned his BSBA in Accounting in 1969. In 1992, he received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of North Florida. Von was hired in 1977 by the Alachua County Clerk of Court as a Supervisor of Finance and Accounting. He was hired in 1981 by the Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office where he held the position of Assistant Tax Collector until 2000 when he was elected Tax Collector. During his tenure as a public servant, Von used his inherited talent for conversation from his beloved mother to reach out to thousands of people in all walks of life to help them with tax issues or personal concerns. He often said “no tax payer’s concern is too small or too large; they deserve my undivided attention.”

Von’s extraordinary commitment to service was evidenced by the many positions of leadership he held both locally and statewide. His involvement included but was not limited to: Florida Tax Collector’s Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion, Military Support Group, Florida Credit Union, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Cotton Club Museum and cultural Center, League of Women Voters, African American Accountability Alliance, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, NAACP, PTA, A.L., Mebane Alumni Association, Inc., Arts Council of Elementary Schools, and the Gainesville Lion’s Club. Most notably, among all honors, awards and accolades, Von was elected and ordained Honorary Deacon at two local churches, Third Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Warren Fraser, Wendell Fraser, Wallace Fraser, and Arthur DeLacey Fraser. Survivors are: sisters: Sadie King of Gainesville, Evelyn Chesser of Dinsmore, Mary O. Hunt (Raymond) of Starke, Joy Edmunds (Glen) of Albany, Ga., sister-in-laws: Nell Fraser of Dublin, Ga., and Lucille Fraser of Valdosta, Ga., numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will received friends at Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home in Starke on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There was an additional viewing on Sunday, April 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, with funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. Interment followed services in Rock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, County Road 231, in Brooker with Pastor Roswell Henderson and Pastor Jim Sandlin officiating. A reception followed the graveside service at Rock Primitive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall for family and friends. Arrangements by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke. On-line condolences may be left at www.jonesgallagherfh.com.  

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