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Janet Loretta Sebastian Beck

Janet Loretta Sebastian Beck, 85, of High Springs, went gently into the loving presence of Jesus on Aug. 7, 2016 at her home. Janet was born March 11, 1931 in Chicago, to Steven and Ethel Sebastian.

In 1956 she married Morris C. Beck, and together they served as missionaries with T.E.A.M. (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) in Taiwan for over 30 years. Her lifelong passion was to help others grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, whom she loved and served with her whole heart.

Janet was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Morris Beck. She is survived by their children, Kathy Beck, Betty Ann (Bryan) Latchaw, and Don Beck; grandchildren Bob (Brittany) Latchaw, Matthew (Lyric) Latchaw, and Jana Latchaw; sister-in-law Shirley Kirby; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends around the world.

Visitation will be on Friday, Aug. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, High Springs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Christmas Child, c/o Forest Grove Baptist Church, 22575 NW 94th Ave., Alachua, FL 32615.

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

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Effie Lovenia White

Effie Lovenia White, 85, of Lake Butler passed away Aug. 1, 2016. Mrs. White was born in Chiefland, Florida, to the late John and Alice Polk, and had spent most of her life in the High Springs and Alachua area before moving to Lake Butler in 1994. She worked for several years at Copeland Sausage and later at Nettles Sausage. Mrs. White was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Lake Butler and was preceded in death by her husband, Walter White, Jr. and one grandson.

Mrs. White is survived by her daughters, Sandra Wood (Jerry) of Martinez, Georgia and Patricia Andrews (Wayne) of Lake Butler; a son Danny White (Sena) of Locust Grove, Georgia, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 at the Faith Baptist Church in Lake Butler. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery outside of High Springs. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler 386-496-2008. Please sign the guestbook at archerfuneralhome.com

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JL “Whiz” Freeman, Jr.

Longtime High Springs resident, JL “Whiz” Freeman, Jr. left this world to be home with the Lord Friday, July 15, 2016 at Haven Hospice. JL was born in Homewood, Alabama on Nov. 10, 1934.

A man of many names, Whiz, Skeeter 1, Trouble, Antique man, but our favorite name for him is, dad! During his lifetime, JL lived and worked in Alabama and Florida, making Florida his home for over 55 years. He enjoyed his positions at Cape Canaveral-NASA, PanAm, Shands, and JL retired from the University of Florida after 25 years in December 1999. He enjoyed travelling, his children, and was an avid Alabama and Florida Gator fan.

JL is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Anna Brent Appling, of Jasper, Alabama; children, Martin Freeman, Jana Valentine, Jennifer Freeman and Kristi Prescott; grandchildren, Angela Barker, Darren Weaver, Eryn Freeman, Haley Freeman, Austin Valentine, Dalton Valentine, and Ryan Freeman-Bennett. He has one great grandchild, Austin Barker, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. JL is the only son of the late Ozzie (Hall) and JL Freeman, Sr., Boaz, Alabama. He is also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Evelyn Horton, Willie Jim Crutcher, and Jackie Mallory. The Family would like to invite you to: A Celebration of life in honor of…

JL “Whiz” Freeman, Jr.

Saturday July 23, 2016 at 1 p.m.

Forest Grove Baptist Church

22575 NW 94th Aveenue

Alachua, Florida 32614

386-462-3921

Reception to follow

Please make donations to

Forest Grove Christian Academy

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. 

Some people stay for awhile, 

And move our souls to dance. 

They awaken us to new understanding, 

Leave footprints on our hearts, 

And we are never, ever the same.

-Flavia Weedn

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Melvin Belton “Andy” Anderson, Jr.

Melvin Belton “Andy” Anderson, Jr., 89, of High Springs, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Mr. Anderson was born Aug. 26, 1926 in Pinellas County, Florida, to Melvin and Jessie Anderson. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Andy moved to High Springs, Florida, and in 1951 was hired by Atlantic Coastline as an engineer. He moved to Wakulla County, Florida, after transferring to CSX in Tallahassee in 1971. He then moved back to High Springs in 2000. Mr. Anderson enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in High Springs.

He is survived by his daughters, Mary K. Anderson of High Springs, Jean Fairley of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Susanne Lankford of Elizabeth City, North Carolina; grandchildren, Frank Williams, Rory Williams, Anderson Fairley, Jessie Fairley, Heather Noon and Jimmy Lankford; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Monroe Anderson of Kodak, Tennessee; sisters, Ethel Gainey of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Anne Salsbury of Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife Katy Anderson; daughter Nancy Anderson; and granddaughter Kendra Stone.

The family extends a special thank you to his caretakers, Melissa Pickeren, Melissa King, Sasha Matthews and Lynette Kraemer.

Rory Williams, grandson of MB Anderson: Papa, as we all knew him, could be as gruff as an old he-coon but everyone knew he would do anything under the sun for one of his family or friends. One could depend on him for a solution if ever there was a problem or necessity. There seemed to be no end to what he could fix, build or grow. Papa taught me, personally, by his example, to love by giving and enjoy life regardless of the burdens that must be carried. His stories of life in Florida as a boy, the South Pacific during WWII, driving to Oklahoma (before interstate highways) in a model T Ford to get the lady he loved, hunting trips to Colorado and of numerous other events on the railroad always enthralled me. However, I’ll miss sitting with him talking and eating boiled peanuts, probably the most.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.

Funeral services will be held at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, 24315 NW C.R. 1493, Lacrosse, Florida 32658, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m., with Otis Evans officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Homes, Chiefland, FL, 352-493-0050 and Cross City, FL, 352-498-5400.

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Richard (Ric) Howard Tritsch

Born December 5, 1950, Richard (Ric) Howard Tritsch, 65, passed away and entered his heavenly home on June 20 after a short battle with cancer and many years of the effects of multiple strokes. He is the son of Clyde and Babs Tritsch, deceased. He has a sister Pamela Kovac and several cousins who reside in the Pittsburg area.

He graduated high school in the Butler, Pennsylvania, and served in the Army and National Guard. In his younger years Ric was a radio disc jockey in the Pittsburg area, and an avid collector of rock and roll oldies music and classic movies; an antique sports car collector; photographer and local businessman.

After moving to High Springs he relocated and restored the old railroad depot and ran a coffee shop and museum in the building. Ric served as president of the High Springs Chamber of Commerce and was responsible for establishing the first High Springs nighttime Christmas parade. He was a supporter of the High Springs Museum and donated a real train caboose to Camp Kulaqua.

Rick had many community friends and was a loyal member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. He was especially loved by the youth at his church. For a number of years on weekday afternoons he would open to visitors the historic chapel at St. Bartholomew’s. This was his way of sharing the Lord with others. “Blessed Assurance” was his favorite hymn and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” was his favorite song. He never stopped giving and was always generous with the less fortunate. Several times Ric traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help the cleanup efforts after hurricane Katrina.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church located next to High Springs City Hall. The Reverend Canon Lance Horne will officiate. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

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