Dorothy Evelyn (Patt) Slaughter, 96, passed away on Feb. 16, 2013. She was predeceased by her parents Claude Edward Patterson and Ella Tindal Patterson; her brother, Clyde Patterson; a grandson, Patrick Randall Slaughter; and her husband, Wm Randall Slaughter. She is survived by two sons, Judge William R. (Bill) Slaughter II and Wife, Tina, and Edward H. Slaughter, and Wife Bobbie, three grandchildren Kristen (Dave) Pickens, Randy (Mandy) Slaughter, and Katy (Kevin) Jurecko, and six great-grandchildren: Caroline, Lexi, Sydney and Dave Jurecko, and William and Emery Slaughter.
Patt was born in Geneva, Fla. on Aug. 5, 1916. At the age of two, she and her brother Clyde moved with their parents to Oak Hill, Fla., and when she was seven, the family moved to Daytona, Fla.
Patt started violin lessons at the age of five. For the next 91 years, she played violin with various ensembles, groups, bands, orchestras, and symphony orchestras. She earned a BA in music and later, an MA in music from Florida State College for Women. While in college she played clarinet in the band, sang in the glee club, and was served as the concert master of the college symphony orchestra..
After graduating college at the age of 20, Patt moved to Madison, Fla., where she taught English and served as the bandmaster and director of the glee club at Madison County High School.
In 1938, Patt married Wm Randall Slaughter and moved to Live Oak, where her husband had started his law practice. Shortly after she arrived in Live Oak, Patt was employed at Suwannee High School where she taught music and English.
While rearing her children, Patt was active in PTA, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Little League. She served as PTA president on several occasions and was a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years.
Patt was very active in the First Baptist Church of Live Oak for almost 70 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher, member and director of the church choir, organizer and member of the church orchestra, director of the junior choir, member of the church building committee, and member and chairman of numerous other church committees.
Patt was a former member of the Live Oak Garden Club and the Eastern Star. She was a founding member of the Suwannee County Historical Commission and she served as Committee Chairman in forming the Suwannee County Historical Museum. She was an organizer and charter member of the Live Oak Artists Guild, and she was a past president of the Live Oak Woman's Club.
Patt found time to assist her husband in his law and political career. Wm. Randall Slaughter served one term in the Florida Legislature, 14 years as county attorney for Suwannee County, and 22 years as State Attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida.
During her years in Suwannee County, she shared her artistic and musical knowledge and talents with the community. She worked hard to insure that all phases of the arts were within reach of everyone in the community. She taught piano and violin, organized and directed the award winning Live Oak Woman’s Club Chorus, and she was instrumental in organizing the Live Oak Community Orchestra.
Patt was an accomplished and award-winning artist and painter. In addition, she organized the Live Oak Woman’s Club Community Arts Festival, and served as the festival coordinator for 30 years. During that time, the festival grew to a week-long presentation of arts, photography, creative writing, crafts, music and dance involving more that 2000 members of the community. The festival provided thousands of talented students and adults in our community with the opportunity to display their talents. Under her direction and guidance, the festival was recognized as the best, and longest-running art festival in north central Florida.
None of this would have been possible without Patt's leadership, vision, persistence and hard work, and the thousands of telephone call, letters and personal visits she made to enlist the support and participation of her community. She was a genteel southern lady, and almost everyone found it impossible to say "no" whenever Patt called.
In recognition of her many years of service to her community, Patt was presented with numerous awards, to include the Rotary Service Above Self Award and the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.
Visitation will take place at Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Live Oak at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center, 6037 W. US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055. Daniels Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Clarkey E. Norris
Feb. 12, 2013
Clarkey E. Norris, 94, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday; Feb. 12, 2013, at Surrey Place Care Center after an extended illness. She was born in Columbia County to the late Eli and Jane [Thomas] Box and in 1972 she moved to Suwannee County.
She was a loving wife, mother, grand, great grand & great great grandmother who enjoyed gardening, cooking and crocheting, but she loved her church and her family, most of all, her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Alfred & Frazier Box; sisters, Marie Box Norris and Delma Vining; her son, Carrol G. Box and her devoted husband of 43 years, Milford Norris.
Survivors include her grand daughters, Glenda Box Musgrove (Jamie) of Live Oak, Fla. and Lisa Rene Valentine (Paul) of Bumpass, VA; great grandchildren, Jared and Mandy Musgrove & Nicholas and Mathew Valentine; great great grandchildren, Landen and Andrew Jared Musgrove.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday; Feb. 15, 2013 at
Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Wellborn). She was intered at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Lake City).
GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME,
3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, FL 32025, (386) 752-1954 is in charge of arrangements. Please leave words of loving comfort for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com
Barry L. Zimmerman
June 8, 1950
Feb. 15, 2013
Barry L. Zimmerman, age 62, of Live Oak, Fla. passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at his home in Live Oak, Fla. The Sidney, OH native moved to Live Oak in 2004 from Port St. Lucie, Fla. He worked for the Suwannee County Property Appraiser's office and was a member of the Live Oak Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his wife; Jane Zimmerman, Live Oak, Fla., two sons; Brian Zimmerman, Huber Heights, OH; David Zimmerman, Loxley, AL; one daughter; Linda Gough, Troy, OH; two step daughters, Deanna Dattilio and Darlene Dickerton both of Leetonia, OH; two brothers; Dennis Zimmerman, Jefferson City, MO; Bill Zimmerman, Casstown, OH and six grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at the Live Oak Church of the Nazarene. There will also be services held in Troy, OH March 2, 2013.
Please sign the guest book at www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.net. Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., Live Oak, FL is in charge of all arrangements.
Loraine Ellen Williams
Feb. 18, 2013
Loraine Ellen Williams, 79, of Dowling Park, Fla., passed peacefully on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family during the last days of her life. Loraine was born in Savannah, GA and lived in Jacksonville, Fla. where she raised her beautiful children. Loraine, retired in Lake City, Fla. for a short period of time before finally moving to Dowling Park, Fla. Loraine worked as a Registered Nurse, was a proud alumnus of the Advent Christian Village and a member of the Advent Christian Village Church in Dowling Park where she lived for the past 15 years. She is survived by her son: Danny Williams, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; two daughters: Lynn Stevenson-Edmonds, Douglasville, GA; Debbie Coleman, Beverly Hills, Fla.; brother: John Moxley, Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren: Michael Coleman, Jason Coleman, Travis Stevenson, Jessica Williams, Daniel Williams; one great-grandson: Jude Coleman.
Memorial services for Mrs. Williams will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Bixler Chapel, Dowling Park, Fla. with Rev. Tim Carver officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Advent Christian Village Bereavement Fund or Camp Suwannee, c/o Advent Christian Village, PO Box 4535, Dowling Park, FL 32064.
Please sign the guest book at www.danielsfuneralhome.com
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, Fla. in charge of arrangements.
Morris O. Lord
Feb. 26, 1942
Feb. 14, 2013
Morris O. Lord, 70, of Live Oak, Fla. passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 after a short illness. The Robertsdale, Al native moved to Live Oak in 1988 from Lakeland, Fla. Mr. Lord was the owner/operator of Lord’s Lawnmower Repair for 25 years, a member of the Elk’s Lodge, the American Legion (post # 0107) all of Live Oak and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years: Liz Lord, Live Oak, Fla.; Two sons: Andy Lord, Fort White, Fla. and Chris Lord, Live Oak, Fla.; Mother: Ethel Peace, Eustis, Fla.; One Sister: Linda Mullis, Eustis, Fla.; One Brother: Dennis Lord, Eustis, Fla.; One Grandchild;
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., of Live Oak and Branford, Fla. in charge of arrangements.
Joel S. Smith
Feb. 15, 2013
Joel S. Smith, 63, Live Oak, Fla., passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. Live Oak & Branford, Fla.
Feb. 18, 2013
Kathryn Harkins, 90, Dowling Park, Fla. passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. , Live Oak & Branford, Fla.