William "Billy" Murray

William Lamar "Billy" Murray, age 52, died Monday, September 13, 2004 in Gainesville, Florida. He was a native and lifelong resident of Lafayette County. He worked as a Supervisor for Baha Cruiser Boat Manufacturer since 1989. He was of the Baptist faith, and he enjoyed saltwater fishing. He was preceded in death by his father, Leon Clinton Murray. He is survived by his mother, Hazel Murray, of Mayo.

Other survivors include, his fiancee' Ilona Emory, of Mayo, (2) sons; Jeremy and (Crystal) Murray, Lamar Murray, (2) Step-sons; Danny Emory and Matthew Emory, all of Mayo, (3) daughters; Sherrie Murray, Sandy and (Phillip) Hewitt, all of Mayo, Casey Ashley, of Live Oak, and a step-daughter; Leigh Donley, of Mayo, (4) brothers; Fred Murray, of Perry, Clinton Murray, of Cross City, Rex Murray of Mayo and Howard Murray, of Cheboygan, Michigan, (5) sisters; Faye Anderson, of Santa Fe, Texas, Wanda Bembry, of Mayo, Myra Layton, of Mayo, Shonna Punausvia, of Tallahassee, (13) grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m on Friday, September 17, 2004 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo, with Bro. Ted Rushing and Bro. Sherwin Sawyer, officiating.

A Memorial Fund is set up at First Federal Bank in Mayo, for anyone wishing to make donations in lieu of flowers.

James M. Yopp

James M. Yopp, a retired Corrections Officer, age 54, died Friday, September 10, 2004 in Gainesville, FL. He was a native of Crumpler, W. Virginia. Coming from Tarpon Springs, he had lived in Mayo for the past 18 years. He attended New Hope Baptist Church. Mr. Yopp was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the Army. He retired from the Department of Corrections after 17 years. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn (Lee) Yopp, of Mayo.

Other survivors include; 2 sons; Eric and Melanie Yopp, of Tallahassee, James Yopp Jr. and wife Kristy, of Northrop, Colorado, 1 daughter; Patty Yopp-Bishop and husband Jeff, of Mayo, a brother; Jerry Yopp, of Tampa, a sister; Kay Marler, of Mayo, a host of half brothers and sisters, 3 grandchildren; Matthew Yopp, Zachary Yopp and Aaron Yopp Bishop, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2004 at New Hope Baptist Church in Mayo, with Bro. Charlie Walker, officiating.

Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Mayo is in charge of all the arrangements.

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