James Matthew Battey
James M. Battey, 17, a resident of Mayo, Florida passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
James had lived in Mayo for a short time moving here from Martin County. He was a sophomore at Lafayette High School. James was very involved with the R.O.T.C. in Martin County and was spearheading a movement to get it started here in Lafayette County. James' dream was to become a Navy Seal. He loved sports, fishing, hunting, and camping, as well as skateboarding and kids.
He is survived by his parents Ronald and Keitha Battey of Mayo. A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends also survive him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 12 p.m. in the Alton Church of God with Chaplain L.C. Campbell and Rev. Chuck Hodge officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations be made in James' memory to help start an R.O.T.C. program in Lafayette County. Contact Joe P. Burns Funeral Home for more information at 386-294-2658 or log on to www.joepburnsfunerals.com
Hazel E. Hart Thomas Waldron
Hazel E. Hart Thomas Waldron of Hampton, died Monday, October 10, 2005 at her residence from an extended illness. She was born December 14, 1923 in Mayo, to Clayton T. Hart and Dola Mae Frier. She was a homemaker, a cottage worker at the Sunland Training Center in Gainesville, a foster parent, a worker for HRS and a caregiver to the elderly.
She is preceded in death by her husband Williard Thomas and daughter Gloria Jean. She is survived by Patricia Gauthier her daughter, Gerald Thomas her son, Ada Cox her daughter, Mitchell Thomas, her son, nine grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and Helen Waldron a long time friend. In her life she was mother, grandmother and friend to many.
A private funeral service will be held at a later date.
Adrian Clyde Davis
Adrian Clyde Davis, age 84, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2005 at his residence in Mayo. He lived in St. Petersburg for seventy years, where he attended all schools from kindergarten through St. Petersburg Jr. College. He served 4 years in the Army during WW II, and was wounded in the Bay of the Phillipines. He moved to Mayo in 1997.
In 1947, he received AA degree, from St. Petersburg Jr. College, 1950, a BA degree from Emory University, in 1952, a MA degree from Vanderbuilt University. He taught Science classes at the St. Petersburg High School for 35 years, retiring in 1987. He then taught Oceanography at St. Petersburg Jr. College from 1988-1996 semi retirement. He received many awards. in 1972 National Biology Teacher of the Year, 1978 Pinellas County Teacher of the Year, 1978 First Runner Up for Florida Teacher of the Year, 1978 Pinellas County Chamber of Commerce ten top educators award, 1987 Florida's Outstanding Science Teacher's Award, 1987 Given the Key to the City of St. Petersburg by the Mayor, 1988 Given a four-weeks, all-expenses tour of Australia by all of his former students.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clifford H. (Pop) Davis and Nancy (Lott) Davis.
Survived by a sister; Norma Davis Tilford, of Mayo, a nephew; Earl Tilford and wife Grace, of Grove City, PA, a great nephew; Michael Adrian Tilford of Henderson, Nevada, a great niece; Ellen Elizabeth Tilford, of Lancaster, PA.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2005 at the Burns Mayo Chapel, with Dr. Craig Moore, officiating. Interment will follow at the Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Mayo is in charge of all the arrangements.