Suwannee Democrat


June 17, 2014

Suwannee Democrat Obituaries- June 18, 2014

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Thomas Melvin Driggers


March 16, 1940 - June 6, 2014


Thomas Melvin Driggers, age 74 of Waldo, Fla. passed away Friday, June 6, 2014. He was born March 16, 1940 in Old Town, Fla. to Allen Mathews and Laura Lancaster Driggers.

Melvin proudly served his country as a US Navy Seabee. He loved fishing and the outdoors. He enjoyed reading, especially his Bible.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hunt Driggers; sons, Alan Michael and Michael Alan Driggers.

He is survived by his daughter, Ollie Gregory.

A Graveside Service will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Maypop Cemetery, Branford, Fla. with Pastor R. J. York officiating.  

Arrangements are under the care of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home downtown, 404 North Main Street, Gainesville, Fla. 32601  352-376-7556. 

Please visit his memorial page at


Grace Earle Sweat


Aug. 20, 1925 - June 14, 2014


Grace Earle Sweat, 88, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Hospice Atlanta.

The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Medley officiating. The family received friends immediately following the service. A graveside service was held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Live Oak Cemetery, Live Oak, Fla. Online visitors may sign the guest register at Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave Ste 100, Albany, GA, US, 31701.

Mrs. Sweat was born Aug. 20, 1925 in Live Oak, Fla., the daughter of Glenn William Graham and Gladys Hamilton Graham Thompson. She was a graduate of Suwannee County High School Class of 1943 and was a "book mobile" librarian for over twenty years with the Gilbert H. Gragg Library. While in Bainbridge, she was an active member of First Baptist Church, the Red Hat Society, and the Daylily Society. She loved working in her garden and was known for her beautiful tulips.

Survivors include her children, William E. Sweat , Jr. of Bainbridge, GA and Gregory Earle Sweat and his wife, Sandra, of Conyers, GA, and Cordelia Sweat Rowell and her husband, Philip, of Alpharetta, GA; her sister, Glenda Graham Evans of Valdosta, GA; her grandchildren, William Kyle Sweat and his wife, Gidget, Jennifer Leigh Rackley Colman, and her husband, Michael, Renee Austin and her husband, Charles, Jenni Sweat, and Jeffery Graham Sweat; her great-grandchildren, Megan Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Alyson Austin, and Jasmine Kelly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Elwood Sweat and her great-grandson Graham Alpert Colman.

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