Live Oak —
Sarah Evelyn McMullen
Feb. 18, 2014
Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, wrapped his arms around Sarah Evelyn McMullen on Feb. 18, 2014, and took her home to spend eternity with him. Evelyn was born in Suwannee County, Fla., and spent the majority of her precious life there.
She entered this world to loving parents, James and Mildred Hatcher, in 1932. Evelyn loved singing Gospel Hymns. One of her fondest memories as a teenager was singing with her sister, Bobbie, at Pine Level Baptist Church in Dowling Park, Fla. She met her future husband, Rufus Avon McMullen, while living with her Aunt Fanny and Uncle Drew Holmes near Dowling Park. They were married in Mayo, Fla., in 1949, by Reverend R. W. Calhoun. Their happy union of 56 years was interrupted by Avon’’s passing in May, 2006. Now, they are together again in the Lord’’s house.
Evelyn is remembered as a wonderful loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She loved her home in Manor Manner Subdivision in Live Oak, Fla., but followed her husband to his dream, a farm in 1972. Her occupations spanned from working at Suwannee Laundry with the Phillips family as a seamstress, making wedding and anniversary cakes for people she knew and loved, a poll worker for the Suwannee County Supervisor of Election, to raising crops and livestock on their farm. She enjoyed gardening keeping her yard immaculate, and raking leaves while uprooting all the grass in her yard to keep the leaves off the ground. The Live Oak tree she burned the leaves under still has the char marks to this very day. She was an active member of Philadelphia Baptist Church in McAlpin, Fla., until her illness took her away from her cherished home in 2012.
Evelyn is survived by their children, Edith (Bob) Griner, Rufus, Jr. (Jenean), David (Robin), Richard, Bonita (Mario) Hernandez, and Daniel, a brother, Andrew, 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, several half brothers and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Daniel’’s Funeral Home, 1126 Ohio Avenue North, Live Oak, Fla. Funeral Services will be held at Philadelphia Baptist Church, 15824-169th Road, McAlpin, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Brother Leroy Dobbs officiating. Contributions or flowers may be made to the Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, Fla. 32308, (850) 878-5310 or (800) 772-5862, or Philadelphia Baptist Church.
A heart felt gratitude goes out to the care givers who provided tender loving care and mercy to our mother during her final days. God bless you for your ability to care for the individuals you work with and show compassion for the family who struggles to accept the inevitable.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., of Live Oak and Branford, Fla. in charge of arrangements.
Doyle Fred Johnson
Oct. 15, 1935 - Feb. 1, 2014
Doyle F. Johnson, age 78 of Bethlehem, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathi Lanphear Johnson, and Children: Wallace W. Johnson and wife Paula, Michael D. Johnson and wife Connie, Kelly K. Johnson and husband David, and brothers and sister: Larry Johnson and wife Phyllis, James Johnson and wife Gloria, and Joyce Warner all from Live Oak, Fla., and grandchildren: Wesley, Allison, Victoria, Rachel, Ryan, and Riley Johnson.
Mr. Johnson grew up in Live Oak, Fla., and moved to Lawrenceville in 1967 where he started Southeast Culvert, Inc. in 1981. He was a loyal and faithful servant of the Wesley Class and Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church serving on many committees. He was a member and past president of the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association, was a member of the Lawrenceville Lions Club for many years, served on the Board of Directors for United Community Bank, and was an avid golfer. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend leaving a wonderful legacy. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church; Dr. Bill Burch and Dr. Davis Chappell officiated. Private interment followed at Gwinnett Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made to Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, 395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, or to Lawrenceville Co-Op Ministry, P.O. Box 1328, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA.
Betty Gardner Walker
Sept. 7, 1930 - Feb. 20, 2014
Betty Gardner Walker, 83, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, after a brief illness. Mrs. Walker was born on Sept. 7, 1930 to Brown and Gussie Davis Gardner in Suwannee County. She was married to Raymond Walker on Dec. 19, 1948, for 61 years. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church and worked for many years at Cheek & Scott Drugs in downtown Live Oak.
She is survived by her children Danny (Patty) Walker, Patti St. John (John St. John, deceased) and Gary (Gwen) Walker, grandchildren Stacey (Dean) Ellis, Lakrishna (Patrick) Cagle, Lee Walker and Erin (Evan) Skeen, great-grandchildren Taylor Robinson, Wyatt and Waylon Smith, a brother, Donnie (Sheila) Gardner, a sister, Alice Jordan and a special friend, Evie St. John.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, with Rev. James Carrier officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Daniels Funeral Home, Live Oak, Fla.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. , Live Oak & Branford, Fla. in charge of all arrangements.
Georgia D. Tefft
Feb. 16, 2014
Georgia D. Tefft, 52, Live Oak, Fla. passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. , Live Oak & Branford, Fla.