Nov. 23, 1939 -

Dec. 16, 2007

R.C. Deese, 68, of Live Oak, Florida, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 after a short illness. The Suwannee County native was a life long resident of Live Oak, Florida. Mr. Deese was a 22 1/2 year veteran of the United States Marine Corp and served during the Vietnam Conflict. He retired 18 years from the Florida Department of Corrections and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Live Oak, Florida.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Linda Deese of Live Oak, Florida; six daughters, Amber Owens of Ocoee, Florida, Betty Mccormack of Germany, U.S. Army, Michelle Burch of Phoenix, Arizona, Diane Goodson of Live Oak, Florida, Jennifer Dunn of Fairbanks, Alaska and Kelly Joyner of Live Oak, Florida; four sons, Arland Deese of Clearmont, Florida, Tracy Deese of Jefferson, Indiana, Steve Deese of Westwego, Louisiana and John Deese of Phoenix, Arizona; four sisters, Betty Jackson of Mayo, Florida, Margaret Azar of Melbourne Beach, Florida, Elizabeth Hoffer of Melbourne Beach, Florida and Kathy Piche of Cocoa, Florida; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 at Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. David Teems and the Rev. Bill Lawhon officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund, 14364 140th Street, Live Oak, FL 32060.

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

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