Suwannee Democrat

February 27, 2007

Obituaries 2/28/07

James V. Berlin

James Vernon Berlin, 75, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 with his devoted wife and family at his side. He was born in Toledo, Ohio to Francis and Genevive (Dye) Berlin on June 7, 1931. Berlin attended Woodward High School and during his senior year was drafted off the football field into the Marine Corps, where he proudly served during the Korean War.

He was employed by Pipefitters and Steamfitters Local 50, and he also taught pipefitting and welding to students at Macomer Vocational School, after attending Purdue University. After marrying Kathryn E. (Smith) Berlin in 1984, together they moved to Live Oak, Florida and lived at Kitty Hawk Estates Airpark.

Berlin’s love for flying was indescribable, not only was he a pilot for 25 years, he owned and built several types of aircrafts; including a J-3 Wag Aero, and a RV6, which he built at his home in Live Oak. He also enjoyed horseback riding, bow hunting, riding motorcycles, scuba diving, and traveling in their motor home to 49 out of the 50 states with his wife Kathryn.

Jim was a union member of Local No. 50, a Chapter 797 board member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), a member of the AOPA (Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association), and a member of Kitty Hawk Estates Airpark Association.

Surviving are his wife Kathryn E.; children, Robert C. (Stephanie) Berlin, Donald A. Berlin, Kathy A. Berlin, all of Toledo, Ohio, Cheryl L. (Matt) Cope of Angola, Indiana, Sharlene D. Hassen of Toledo, Ohio; and mother of his children, Norma Berlin of Toledo, Ohio; step-children, Douglas J. (Ellen) Rubel of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jeffery D. Rubel of Seattle, Washington, Cindy S. (John) Bridges of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Craig A. Rubel of Indianapolis, Indiana; grandchildren, Jacob and Cody Berlin, Melissa, John, and Rose Ann Martinez, Sarah Flores, Michael Hassen, Amanda, Emma, and Anna Rubel, Joshua, Justin, and Chelsea Treft, J.D., Bobby, and Chelsea Bridges; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, William (Patricia) Berlin and Joseph (Jeannie) Berlin. His sister Patricia Guinn preceded him in death.

Friends will be received at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. S. Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551, 419-874-3133 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 2. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday March 3 at the funeral home with Pastor Pete Johnston officiating, with burial to follow at the Pemberville Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asked that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 East River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551, The American Lung Association, 3000 Douglas Road, Toledo, OH 43606; and The Pemberville United Methodist Church, 205 Perry Street, Pemberville, OH 43450. Condolences can be made on-line at

Witzler-Shank Funeral Home of Perrysburg, Ohio is in charge of all arrangements.

David A. Deas Sr.

David A. Deas Sr., 54, of Jasper, Florida, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20 at his home. The Hamilton County native returned to Jasper 12 years ago after 30 years in Nashville, Tennessee. He had been in the food service industry for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Deas of Nashville, Tennessee; three sons, David Deas Jr. of Jasper, Adam Deas of Nashville, Tennessee and Daniel (Jennifer) Deas of Jasper; one daughter, Heather Deas of Jasper; three brothers, Calvin (Sally) Deas of Jasper, Charles (Georgia) Deas of White Springs, Florida and Kenneth (Joyce) Deas of Live Oak, Florida; one sister, Betty Ruth Mott of Live Oak; and three grandchildren, Gage, Tait and Gracie.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 24 at Jasper Assembly of God Church with Brother Gainey, Brother Deas and Brother Frye officiating. Interment followed in Hebron Cemetery, Jasper.

Harry T. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Bobby Creech

Bobby Creech, 56, of Jasper, Florida, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 in his home after a long illness. The Live Oak, Florida native lived in Jasper all his life, served with US Army National Guard, was an electrician with PCS Phosphate of White Springs for 36 years and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Jasper.

Survivors include his daughter, Stacy Proctor of Live Oak, Florida; two sons, Robby Creech of De Leon Springs, Florida and Travis Creech of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three sisters, Jeanette Jordan of Live Oak, Dorothy King of Jasper and Edna Johnson of Hosford, Florida; two brothers, Vernon Creech of Live Oak and Gerald Creech of Jasper; and two grandchildren, Tyler Proctor and Ethan Creech.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 1 in Corinth Baptist Church, Jasper with the Rev. Charles Johnson and the Rev. Gary Abbott officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, 7042 41st Ave., SW. Jasper, FL 32052.

Daniels Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. of Live Oak is in charge of all arrangements.

Truman Carr

Truman Carr, 73, of Lake City, Florida, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 in Haven Hospice, Lake City after a short illness. He moved to Lake City from Live Oak three years ago, was a US Navy veteran, worked as a deputy chief with the Department of Homeland Security in Miami, Florida, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol and was a police advisor in Vietnam, Bosnia, Baghdad and Iraq. He was president of North Florida Road Riders, vice president of Blue Knights, was a motorcycle policeman in St. Petersburg, Florida for three years before joining the Border Patrol and was a member of Melody Christian Church, Live Oak.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda Carr of Lake City; five sons, David E. Carr of Conway, South Carolina, Robert A. and James V. Carr, both of Apopka, Florida, Dale C. Lasonde of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and John D. Reynolds of Lake City; two daughters, Darlene Gamble of Rancho Margarita, California and Diana Jacobs of Gainesville, Florida; one brother, Richard Carr of St. Petersburg, Florida; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Truman Carr, a brother, James G. Carr and two wives, Sandre Carr and Delores Carr.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Melody Christian Center, Live Oak with Pastor Frank Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Suwannee Valley Care Center, Haven Hospice, 6037, W US 90, Lake City, FL 32055.

Daniels Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. of Live Oak. is in charge of all arrangements.

Evelyn Mary Page-Blair

Evelyn Mary Page-Blair, 75 of Live Oak, Florida, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 in Shands at Live Oak following a brief illness. The London, England native moved to Live Oak in 1992 from Homestead, Florida. She was a homemaker. In her spare time, Evelyn enjoyed sailing and flying with her husband.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Robin Page-Blair of Live Oak; one sister, Doreen Allen of England.

Harris Funeral Home, Inc. of Live Oak is in charge of all arrangements.

Ruth Marie Roach


Ruth Marie Roach Eddings, 75, of Live Oak, Florida, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 at her residence after a long illness. The Jonesboro, Arkansas native moved to Live Oak in 1970 from Phoenix, Arizona and was of Baptist faith.

Survivors include three daughters, Glenda Ruth Thompson of Phoenix, Arizona, Linda Marie Oleson of Live Oak, Florida and Berylene Jessie O’Hara of Lee, Florida; two sons, Birl J. Eddings Jr. and William Huey Eddings, both of Live Oak, Florida; one sister, Lucille Griffith of Phoenix, Arizona; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Birl J. Eddings Sr.

Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 in Live Oak Cemetery with the Rev. Stan Humphries officiating.

Daniels Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. of Live Oak was in charge of all arrangements.