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Eugene Cook Sr.

Funeral services for Mr. Eugene Cook Sr., 92, of Fort White, Florida, will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at 11a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church, Jordan Road, Fort White, FL 32038. Rev. Donnell Sanders, pastor.

A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home 386-454-1110.

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Donald Hugh Piper

Donald Hugh Piper was born Sept. 14, 1930, and rode the Happy Trail on Aug. 28, 2016.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart over 66 years, Patricia Garner Piper.

After graduation from Lee High School in Jacksonville, he began work with Southern Bell in 1949. His first job in Fernandina Beach was to roll a wheelbarrow down Centre Street that was stocked with telephones that had dials and change out the telephones that didn’t have dials. He went on to become a lineman and installer before transferring to Jacksonville to work in PBX repair. He rose to PBX repair foreman then ended his career in 1985 as PBX repair instructor. Although he struggled in High School to pass English in order to graduate, his last task with Bell South was to write technical manuals on PBX installation and repair.

Shortly after retiring from Bell South, he founded Coastal Telephone Systems and continued to install and service telecom equipment. He finally retired from the telecom industry in 1990, ending a 41 year career in the telecom industry. Coastal Telephone Systems/ continued to service the Nassau County community for 20 more years.

As a young man, Don enjoyed racing boats in the Amelia River, seining for fish in the ocean with his Southern Bell and Florida Public Utility friends, hunting, camping, and fishing the creeks off-island for panfish. He loved to ride his registered Cracker horse in Ft. White where his property abutted River Rise State Park, and won prizes for the endurance rides and being the oldest rider. He was also a volunteer at the area state parks. He was a member of the Fernandina Beach Optimist Club, a Mason for over 50 years with Amelia Lodge 47, Fernandina Beach Baptist Church, Yulee Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church High Springs.

Predeceasing him were his parents, Lawrence Milton and Rozelle Douglas Piper. He is survived by his daughters Kathy Piper, Fernandina Beach, and Cynthia Piper Evers, Ft. White; a son, Lawrence (Carol) Piper, Jacksonville, Florida; a sister, Carol Baldwin, Auburndale, Florida; five grandkids, eight great grandkids, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and many, many friends.

A memorial service is scheduled at Evans Carter Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Haven Hospice, Chiefland Branch, Florida, or Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center, Trenton, Florida.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans Carter Funeral Home, 18724 N. Main Street, High Springs, FL, 32643, 386-454-2444.

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Doris M. James

Doris M. James, 92, of Alachua/High Springs, Florida, entered Heaven on Monday morning Aug. 29 at her daughter’s home in Dunnellon, Florida.

She was born in Orlando, January 16, 1924 and was raised in High Springs and returned to this area in 1989. She was a member of New Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was affectionately known as “DaDa.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E James; her parents, Albert and Maudie Waddell; and a brother, Gene Waddell. She is survived by two daughters; Murla W. Vaughn of Alachua/High Springs and Cynthia J. (Richard) Cusack of Dunnellon; grandchildren Cheryl (Mike) Harris, Emory Vaughn, Robert (Kris) Cusack and Rick ( Irene) Cusack; and great-grandchildren Katie Cusack, Kylie Cusack, Richard Cusack and August Vaughn.

Services will be held Friday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at New Oak Grove Baptist Church with Mike Harris and Terry Ellixson officiating. Interment will be at High Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, from 2-3 p.m. at Evans Carter Funeral Home High Springs, 386-454-2444.

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Frances Williams McDavid

Frances Williams McDavid, age 80, of Melrose, Florida, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. She was born July 28, 1936 in Dade City, Florida. Frances attended Massey Business school before she met and married her husband of 61 years, Harold “Mac” McDavid. Frances enjoyed singing in the choir, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Fred and mother Dora Williams. She is survived by her husband, Harold “Mac” McDavid; daughter, Janet McDavid; and son, Richard (Diane) McDavid; grandchildren Natalie and Stephanie Rich, Austin and Elliott McDavid, Courtney and Tyler Monson and five brothers and sisters.

A Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at The Melrose United Methodist Church, 5802 Centre Street, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church, PO Box 576, Melrose, FL 32666

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Maudine Lee Douglas

Maudine Lee Douglas, 84, a longtime Gilchrist County resident, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 27, 2016 at NFRMC in Gainesville following a lengthy illness.

She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of High Springs, Florida. Mrs. Douglas retired from General Electric/Gates Energy after 30 years of service. Her hobbies included quilting, crafts, spending time with her family (grandchildren), and cooking for her family using many recipes from her cookbook collection. She was the final sibling of the Lee family.

Mrs. Douglas is survived by her son, Donald Douglas of High Springs; daughter, Wanda Hudson of Ft. White, Floirda; grandchildren Kitty (Chris) Thornton, Kevin (Cori) Douglas, Kurt Douglas, Michael (Brittany) Hudson, and Tammy Hudson; seven great- grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

The Douglas family will receive guests at a visitation on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Evans Carter Funeral Home, 18724 North Main Street, High Springs, with a Funeral Service the following day, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, High Springs.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans Carter Funeral Home, 18724 N. Main St., High Springs, FL 32643, 386-454-2444.

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