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Obituary2012Anna Lee Elliott, 71, of Alachua passed away on May 21, 2012.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Donnie Joe Elliott; children, Debra (Richard)  Novotny, Donna Elliott, Jeff (Sandra) Elliott; grandchildren, Michelle Gaekle, Cannsus Clarke, Jason Novotny, Donnie Joe Novotny, Jeffrey Elliott, and Lora Elliott; great grandchildren, Brandon Patalan,  Austin Gaekle, Taelor Hastings, Corby Moore,  Alixandria Moore, and Alyciana Parks.

Visitation was held at Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 4-5 p.m.

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Lonnie Martin Vann, Jr., 82, born February 8, 1930, and resident of Hague, Florida, passed away on May 20, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a Navy Veteran and meat cutter by trade.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lloyd Martin Vann, and his grandson, Samuel Lloyd Vann.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou King Vann; children, Bret D. Vann of Orlando, Kent E. (Terie C.)Vann of Alachua, and his daughter April (Mark B.)Vann Floyd; daughter in-law, Linda Rupe Vann of Bellview; seven grandchildren, Wendy, Logan,  Jonathan, Benjamin, Susanna, Lauren and Chuck; six great-grandchildren, Devine, Caleb, Zion, Landon, Tyler and Raegan.

A memorial service will be held at Hague Baptist Church, Hague, Florida on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. Pastor Sam Brown will officiate. A private interment will be at Hague Community Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Hague Baptist Church and Haven Hospice of Gainesville, Fla.

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W_-_Fred_Nobles_obit4A Tribute to Fred Nobles

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words for a man who truly cared about the community, especially the children in the Alachua area.  Fred Nobles passed away Monday, April 30, 2012, and we have lost not just a good man, but a good friend.

Fred volunteered for over 10 years for the Alachua Recreation Volunteer Programs.  He was president of the Santa Fe Babe Ruth Baseball and he served concurrently for many years.  He was the leader in developing what we now call the World Series Field, which, in 1992, was the first field used for the first Babe Ruth Baseball World Series held in the State of Florida.  His assistance and development of the World Series Field opened the door for the first Babe Ruth Softball World Series in 2010 and the second Babe Ruth Softball World Series in 2012. He was one of the leaders that received a major award from the State of Florida for Florida’s Outstanding Rural Community of the Year.

Fred cared about all children activities, regardless if it was a girl’s or a boy’s sports.  He used his leadership role to raise money for flag football, soccer, softball, basketball, football, etc.  Fred was one of the major individuals that made the Alachua Area Youth Sports and the Recreation Center what it is today.  He had many great volunteers that helped him, and they remained his team of volunteers throughout the years.

Fred put his life, his company, M & M Parrish Construction, his family, and his friends to work helping to develop programs that assisted with the funding of building the sports fields.  For families that could not afford the cost for their child to participate in a sport, Fred made it affordable.  He would always joke around about some sports were just not American, but he helped to develop that un-American sport the same as the All-American sports.

Fred, buddy, we are truly going to miss you, but your acts of kindness and ultimate good for our community will never be forgotten.  Our City Commissioners, our City Administration, and our present volunteers will keep the Fred Nobles Dream for All Kids going strong.  You were a great role model whose memory will live on in the youth and the adults of this community.

Hal Brady

City of Alachua Recreation and Parks Director

Alachua, Fla.

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Maggie Leggett Trail, 87, born February 1, 1925, and lifelong resident of Gilchrist County, passed away on May 11, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Maxie Trail; and sons, Charles and Alex Gene Trail.

Mrs. Trail is survived by six children, Katherine Fowler of Bell, Shirley Clemons of High Springs, Thomas Junior Trail of Bell, Betty Parrish Godbey of Lake City, Glenda Railey of High Springs, Stanley Trail of Ft. White; 32 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Mason City Recreational Center on US Hwy 441, with Pastor John Clemons officiating.

Inurnment will be in Wayfair Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, Fla.

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James T. Legree, 71, was born in Columbia County to the late Jimmie Lue Super and Matthew James Legree.  He attended Fort White, Fla., public schools.

He confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age.

As part of God’s divine plan, on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Haven Hospice in Lake City, Fla., he answered God’s call.  He was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Lee Phillips, Burleen Brinsen, Willie Luis Super and Eddie Lee Legree.

His memories live on in the hearts of his loved ones and friends.  He is survived by his children, Averill J. (Renee) Legree, Mary E. (Glenn) Fleming, Philica A. Legree, Nellie Reed, all of Ft. White, James F. Legree of High Springs, Fla., and Vera (Leo) Blake of Alachua, Fla.; brothers and sisters. Roosevelt (Carol) Legree, Clara (Phillip) Jones both of Ft. White, Ralph (Shirley) McNish and Emma (Willie James) Brown, both of Gainesville, Fla., 21 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and sorrowing friends.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Ft. White, Rev. Donnell Sanders Pastor.  Burial will follow in Heavenly Rest Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday 6-8 p.m. at A. Jerome Brown Funeral Home 1560 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs.

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