for October 16, 2002



Sonya Renee Campbell

OCALA, Fla. -- Sonya Renee Campbell, 40, of Ocala, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at Ocala Regional Medical Center. Sonya was born in Ocala and was a former resident of Jennings, Fla. Survivors include her husband, Richard Campbell, Ocala; two sons, Michael Shane Campbell and Richard Thomas Gilliam, both of Jennings, Fla.; five daughters, Shannon Campbell, Shana Campbell, Sharon Campbell, Cheyenne Campbell, all of Jennings, and Martha Lindsey Gilliam, Birmingham, Ala.; her parents, Joe and Martha Gilliam, Jennings, two brothers, John Lewis Gilliam, Adel, and Joe Gilliam, Ocala, Fla.; five sisters, Betty Bullock, Ocala, Fla., Brenda Darlene Gilliam, Jennings, Lisa Pursell and April Moore, both of Ocala, Fla., Mary Brown, Lake Park. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at Lake Park Church of God. Burial will follow in Lake Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Harry T. Reid Funeral Home. -- Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper



Ray M. Fite III

HAMPTON, Va. -- Ray McClure "Mack" Fite III, 39, of Hampton, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2002. Mack was a HVAC tech for 20 years, most recently with Verizon. He had a passion for living that was reflected in his family, his work, and the many friends who will miss him dearly. Mack was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Woodall Fite. He is survived by his loving wife, Wendy Fite, and twin daughters, Hannah Marie and Dana Rae of Hampton; his father, Ray McClure Fite Jr. of Gloucester; three sisters, Cindy Sadler of Valdosta, Julie Harris and Joanie Deal, both of Gloucester; his grandfather, Walter N. Woodall of Hot Springs, Ark.; and five nieces and four nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. today at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, Va. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Temple Assembly of God. Burial will be private. -- Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News



Rev. Cranston Richard Gesell

WESLACO, Texas -- The Rev. Cranston Richard Gesell, 89, passed away on Sept. 18, 2002, at his residence in Weslaco, Texas. Born on Jan. 9, 1913, in Davenport, Iowa, the Rev. Gesell graduated from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Ill., and had served as Assistant to the President (Bishop) in Detroit, Mich., and as mission developer in Jackson, Mich., before becoming a Navy Chaplain in World War II including service at Guam and at Pearl Harbor. Following the war, he became manager for several years of the Veterans Service Office in Valdosta where he met and married his loving wife of 54 years, the former Elaine Sims Hurt. After earning a post-graduate degree from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, the Rev. Gesell pastored parishes in Vandalia, Ill., Muscatine, Iowa, Manson, Iowa, and Wellsburg, Iowa. In 1982, after retirement from active pastoring, they moved to Weslaco, Texas, where in 1987, he became founder and editor of Post-Polio Partners, a newsletter for those struggling with post-polio complications, a ministry continued by him and his wife until his death. In addition to his wife, Elaine Gesell, he is survived by four sons, Cranston Richard Gesell Jr. of Simi Valley, Calif., John Charles Gesell of Pass Christian, Miss., Thomas Martin Gesell of Zion, Ill., and David Michael Gesell of Powell, Ohio; two daughters, Frances Elaine Richardson of Bexley, Ohio, and Mary Elizabeth Rigby of Volonia, Ark.; one brother, Wayne Gesell of Long Grove, Iowa; and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Allen Gesell. A memorial service was held on Sept. 21, 2002, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McAllen, Texas. Any memorial gifts may be sent to that church at 1105 Fern Ave., McAllen, TX 78501 or to Knapp Medical Center Hospice, 1401 E. 8th At., Weslaco, TX 78596.



Willard Henry Gouge

LIVE OAK, Fla. -- Willard Henry Gouge, 67, of Live Oak, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, after a sudden illness. He was born in Oxford, Pa., on May 21, 1935, to the late Nathaniel and Irene Willis Gouge and was a former resident of Valdost





a and had lived in Live Oak, for two years. Mr. Gouge was a superintendent with Reames Construction and a member of Suwannee River Assembly of God. Survivors include his wife, Jean Gouge of Live Oak; one daughter, Diana Gouge of Valdosta; one son, Greg Gouge of Valdosta; one sister, Mary Vickers of Lakeland, Fla.; two brothers, Guy Gouge of Newark, Dela., and Cliff Gouge of Clearwater, Fla.; two granddaughters, Katie Gouge of Dunellon, Fla., and Kasey Gouge of Live Oak, Fla.; one great-granddaughter, Cayden Gunter of Dunellon, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Gouge. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Vince Spencer and the Rev. Winnie Brogdon officiating. Burial will follow in McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes



John C. McIntyre

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- John C. McIntyre of Colorado Springs died on Oct. 10, 2002. He was born on Jan. 26, 1940, and was a resident of Colorado Springs since 1968. Mr. McIntyre was a self-employed retailer. He was preceded in death by his uncle and spouse, Hugh and Sarah McIntyre, and aunt, Marjie McIntyre. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Jay and Scott; and cousins, Hugh Jr. and Sally. Memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at Evergreen Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Evergreen Funeral Home, Colorado Springs



Regino Rodriquez

LAKE PARK -- Regino Rodriquez, 59, of Lake Park, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at his home after a long residence. He was born in Cuba and had lived in Lowndes County for 17 years. Mr. Rodriquez was a Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Steven Rodriquez and Charles Rodriquez both of Lake Park; two daughters, Angie Rodriquez and Opal Armstead, both of Dickson, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Aliciya Green, Dickson; one brother and three sisters. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today in Lake Park Cemetery with Father Marvin LeFrois officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time today at the McLane Lakewood Funeral Home in Lake Park. -- McLane Lakewood Funeral Home, Lake Park, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes



Sylvester Thomas

VALDOSTA -- Retired MSGT Sylvester Thomas, 58, of Valdosta, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 10, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Eufaula, Ala., and had lived in Valdosta for the past 22 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. After retirement from the Air Force he worked for the City of Valdosta as the Water Plant operator until declining health required him to resign. He was Baptist by faith. Survivors include his wife, Anny Thomas of Valdosta; three sisters and brother-in-law, Betty and Ernest Parkman, Georgetown, Annie Kelley, Compton, Calif., Ernestine Jamison, Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Allen and Rena Thomas, Eufaula, Ala., James and Gloria Thomas; a number of nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Valdosta Chapel of Music Funeral Services with burial following in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Music Funeral Services of Valdosta



Fannie G. Wood

DOWLING PARK, Fla. -- Mrs. Fannie G. Wood, 88, a resident of Dowling Park, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, in Valdosta. A native of Lafayette County, Mrs. Wood had lived in Perry for many years before moving to Dowling Park 4 1/2 years ago. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Perry, Fla., where she had been a leader in the Primary Department and was a leader with the Girls Auxiliary for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Hughes Wood in 1984, and a brother, J.L. Prine of Day, Fla. She is survived by a son, Rayburn Hughes Wood of Valdosta; two daughters, Susan Yates, Tallahassee, Fla.

, and Mary Catherine McKowen of Franklin, N.C.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home Chapel, Perry, Fla., with Bro. Glenn Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Day Cemetery, Day, Fla. The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday. -- Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, Perry, Fla.





Donald Lee Foster, 47, of Carrollton, son of the Rev. Fred and Gloria Foster of Valdosta, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carson McLane Funeral Home, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.



Funeral service for Ms. Ora Lee Harrell of Lake Park will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Universal Deliverance Center with Pastor Naomi McCowan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vienna Church Cemetery. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary



Prince Smith Powell Sr., 87, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed away Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2002, in Tallahassee following a lengthy illness. He was born in Clinch County to the late Lewis and Lillie Smith Powell. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Services, Lakeland.

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