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Berline Goodwin Bush
Berline Goodwin Bush, Lake Panasoffkee, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997.  She was born in Bushnell.  Her survivors include her husband, Bill, four children, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, Coy Goodwin of Lake Panasoffkee and Dell Goodwin. [ Newspaper: Sumter County Times Date: 8 Jan 1998 Submitters Name: M Hancock]

A.J. Canova
Andrew J. Canova, a native of St. Augustine, the author of "Life and Adventures in South Florida," died at Wildwood Friday last at the advanced age of 74 years.  Mr. Canova was well known in titusville, having spent many months here at different times with his son Andrew P. Canova, now resident of Wildwood.  Mrs. D.K. Harrison, of West Palm Beach; Mrs. T.U. Carpenter, of St Petersburg, and Mrs. C. Cone, of Miami, are his daughters, and his other son, Wallace, lives in Miami.  Deceased was a veteran of the Seminole War and one of the best known Indian fighters in the state.
[Source: The Florida Star, Titusville, FL, Dec.24, 1909]

Bernice Carlyle
BUSHNELL, March 3. – After a period of a short illness, Bernice Carlyle, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Hunt, died Thursday morning. She was laid away at the Bushnell cemetery Thursday afternoon.
[Tampa Tribune - 4 Mar. 1918 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. A.T. Coloman
BUSHNELL, Feb. 15. – Mrs. A. T. Coloman, wife of Sheriff Coleman, died Monday night of influenza and was buried in the Bushnell cemetery on Tuesday.
[Tampa Tribune - 16 Feb. 1919 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Lynn David Connell
Lynn David Connell, 61, of Bushnell, died Saturday, Feb 4, 1989.  He was born in Labelle and lived most of his life in Sumter County.  He was a retired drivers license examiner and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Joet Connell of Bushnell; one son, Doyle Connell of Salt Springs; two daughters, Theresa "Terry" Lovett of Bushnell and Marsha Womack of Belle Glade; and six grandchildren.  Others: Norman Rice of Bushnell, Derrell Connell of Clewiston and Orville Connell of Bushnell. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb 5 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Jon King officiating. Interment was held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, was in charge of arrangements. [Sumter County Times, Date: 9 Feb 1989. Submitters Name: M Hancock ]

J.A. Eaddy
BUSHNELL, Aug. 24. – J. A. Eaddy, one of Bushnell’s prominent citizens, died Thursday afternoon at Ocala at a hospital. He had been confined to his bed only a little over a week but was critically ill from the start. He was taken to Ocala for an operation just a week before his death. The operation was successful and he had begun to improve and was getting along very well up to Wednesday, when the turn came for the worse. Internment was made in the Bushnell cemetery, Saturday afternoon. He is survived by a wife, eight sons and two daughters, besides other relatives and a host of friends. For a number of years Mr. Eaddy was the leading merchant here and had been superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school for quite a while and was a foremost leader in the church of which he was a member.
[Tampa Tribune - 25 Aug. 1919- MZ - Sub by FoFG]

James Field
TO THE PUBLIC -- My sincere appreciation is extended to the kind friends who rendered their assistance and sympathy in the last sickness of my husband. These acts of aid and condolence in my great loss and bereavement will always be remembered, and be like bread cast upon the waters that shall not turn void.... Mrs. Jas. Field, Sumterville, Fla.
[The Sumter County Times, June 1, 1899 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Grace Godley
KISSIMMEE, FL -- GRACE GODLEY, 98. . . . RETIRED SCHOOLTEACHER, 1120 W. Donegan Ave., Kissimmee, died Thursday. Born in Sumter County, Florida, she moved to Kissimmee from Miami in 1972. She was a retired schoolteacher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lake Wales. There are no known survivors. Grissom Funeral Home, Kissimmee.
[The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - February 12, 1991, contributed by A. Newell]

Lorie E. Hays
Charlotte, NC–MRS. LORIE E. HAYS, 87, died Sunday, June 9, 1996, at her daughter's home in Charlotte. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Hays will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 1996, from the graveside of Forest Lawn East. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 12, from 1-2:15 p.m. at McEwen Pineville chapel, 10500 Park Road. Clayton Smith, Bob Church, Bill McDaniel, Jeremy Smith, Darwin Ude and Richard Smith will be serving as pallbearers. Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Thomas Hancock and Brian Ude.
Mrs. Hays was born October 24, 1908 in Sumter County, Florida, the daughter of the late Joseph Osten Hayes and Mary Ella Swain. She traveled every state in the Union, including Alaska and Hawaii. Mrs. Hays retired to Mesa, AZ, where she lived for thirteen years. While residing in Arizona, she grew every type of Cacti that was grown in the state. She was very in tune to nature: an ardent grower of flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees.
Mrs. Hays is survived by her husband, Robert Edward Hays of Charlotte; daughters, Frances Verna Smith of Charlotte, Geraldine Marie Ude of Newburg, MD; stepdaughters, Paula Kime of El Dorado Hills, CA, and Darlene Thomas of Citrus Heights, CA; grandchildren, Sharon Church, Wayne T. Hancock, James M. Hancock, Patricia A. McDaniel, Roy C. Smith III, Marsha Smith, Darwin Ude, Sean Kime, Michael Kime, Elaine Thomas, Lenny Thomas; and great-grandchildren, Michael Church, Shaun Hancock, Scott Hancock, Todd Hancock, Brian Hancock, Kevin Hancock, Kristinia McDaniel, Shaun McDaniel, Shannon Smith, Dawn Smith, Jeremy Smith and Brian Ude.
McEwen Funeral Service, Pineville Chapel, is serving the family of Mrs. Hays.
[The Charlotte Observer (NC) - June 11, 1996, contributed by A. Newell]

Mary Lorena Hinson
After more than two years of lingering illness, Mrs. Mary Lorena Hinson died at the home of her only child, Mrs. Minnie Hull, at Bushnell Fla., Friday. The deceased was a consistent member of The Baptist Church, and it could be said of her: None knew her but to love her, none named her but to praise. Her husband, the well known Frank J. Hinson died in 1897. [The Sumter County Times, May 26, 1899 -BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. J.H. Hughes
BUSHNELL, July 19. – Mrs. J. H. Hughes, wife of Tax Collector Hughes of Sumter county, died in Jacksonville Wednesday night where she had been carried for an operation, after a short illness. Funeral services were held in the Bushnell Baptist church Friday afternoon. The body was interred in the Webster cemetery the same afternoon.
[Tampa Tribune - 20 July 1919 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]Kathryn Lillie Lovett
Kathryn Lillie Lovett, 75, of Bushnell died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999 in Leesburg.  She was a lifetime resident of Bushnell.  Mrs. Lovett was a homemaker in her own home.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Wahoo.  Survivors include three sons, Jerry Lovett, Jackie Lovett, Randy Lovett, all of Bushnell; daughter Susan Scott of Bushnell; sister, Joyce Frasier of Ocala; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Graveside services for Mrs. Kathryn Lovett were held Friday, Dec. 19, 1999, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bushnell with the Reverend Ronnie Hunt officiating.  The family received friends on Dec. 9, 1999 at the Purcell Funeral Home Chapel, Bushnell.  Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bushnell. [Sumter County Times , 16 Nov 1999. Submitters Name: M Hancock ]

Agnes Jordan
The Sun deeply sympathizes with A.P. Jordan, editor of The Punta Gorda Herald, in the death of his beloved wife, which occurred on the 7th inst.  after ten weeks illness.  Mrs. Jordan formerly was Miss Agnes V. Crenshaw and was born in Sumter county, Florida, December 22, 1865; married in 1883 to Adrian P. Jordan.  her entire life was spent in Florida, except two years atThomasville, GA.  Besides her husband she leaves four sons and one daughter, the latter and three sons just grown.  Mrs. Jordan was a devoted Christian woman leader in social and club life in Punta Gorda, and will be greatly missed.
[Source: Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, FL, July 9, 1907]

Little John Lovett
Little John Lovett, 60, a lifetime resident of Bushnell, died Tuesday.  He was a logger, a veteran of the Korean War and a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Jean; three sons, Larry, Gary and Terry, and a daughter, Sherry Bittner, all of Bushnell, three brothers, James, Joe and Stevie, all of Bushnell; three sisters, Mary Lou Sweeney of Port Orange and Marie Moody and Nancy Berryhill, both of Bronson; and 13 grandchildren. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell. [Tampa Tribune Date: 31 Mar 1989 Submitters Name: M Hancock ]

J. Morrison
BUSHNELL, Aug. 5. – J. Morrison, who has been suffering some time with rheumatism, died on August 2. He leaves a wife and several small children. A brother who lives at High Springs, and numerous relatives, who live in Mississippi.
[Tampa Tribune – 6 Sept. 1909 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Helen Sharpe Swain
Helen Sharpe Swain, 83, of Bushnell, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999 in Leesburg.  Born in Alabama, she moved to Sumter County in 1928.  Mrs. Swain was a retired owner of Palm Fruit Shop in Bushnell. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wahoo.  Survivors include her sons, Tom Swain and Dale Swain, both of Bushnell; daughters, Patsy Hall of San Antonio, Fla., Peggy Wood of Wildwood; brothers, Hervey Sharpe of Hendersonville, N.C. and Bill Sharpe of Tallahassee; sisters Hazel Binger of Tallahassee, Eloise Cassady of Deland, and Becky Hurlbert of Titusville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Sharpe Swain were held Aug. 24, 1999 at Purcell Funeral Home Chapel. [Newspaper: Sumter County Times Date: 26 Aug 1999 Submitters Name: M Hancock]


Mr. Dolphus D. (Bill) Tayes
Mr. Dolphus D. (Bill) Tayes, age 66 of Rt. 3, Bushnell, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Milford, Mass. after an illness while visiting a relative there. Mr. Tayes, born in Livingston, Tennessee, and formerly of Bellingham, Mass.  He was educated in Florida.  He operated an upholstery shop.  He was a Navy Veteran of World War II serving in the South Pacific. He is survived by his wife: Kate (Chapman) Tayes.  His parents: Albert and Leo (Clark) Tayes.  Two sons: Wayne S. Tayes and Kevin F. Tayes.  One daughter: Linda Fontaine.  Nine step-sons: Janus, David, Jeffrey and Glenn Crozier, William Sterling, Richard and Glenn Chapman, of Mass.  Three step-daughters Laurie Poirier of Mass., Diane Chapman, Eileen DiCamillio of Florida.  Twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held at the Bushnell Assembly of God. [Sumter County Times, Date: 11 Oct 1990. Submitters Name: M Hancock ]

Judge Tillman
Judge Tillman dies in Tampa
Former Editor and Assessor in Sumter County

Remains will be laid to rest this afternoon in family burial ground
Born of South Carolina parentage in Sumter County, Florida about 40 years ago, Judge John A. Tillman, county judge of that county, died at 1:15 p.m. yesterday at the home of Capt. and Mrs. James M. Cathcart, No. 2913 North Jefferson Street, this city.
For years he had been troubled by the encroach of tuberculosis and his death followed a severer attack of the diseases than usual, one confining him to his room for a period of two weeks past.  He came to Tampa from Sumterville two weeks afo, intending to visit his brother in law and sisters and mingle with friends for a few days, while attending the Panama Canal Celebration.
But he was so weakened by even this short trip from his home town that he was compelled to remain indoors all the time.

Well Known over State
Judge Tillman never married and this State, but numbered friends particularly in Tampa and through the southern section of Florida.  Twelve years ago he was a resident of Tampa and the time was circulation manager of the Tribune, giving this paper the best that was in him, as he did to every endeavor upon which he centered his mind and talent.
Aside from the years spent in Tampa, his residence was confined principally to Sumter county, the people of which he served in official capacity at the time of death and whom he had served previously as county tax assessor and many years ago as editor and owner of the Sumter County Times, published at Sumterville.

It is at Sumterville, in the old Tillman family burial ground, that the remains will be laid to rest this afternoon, the body to be accompanied by his nearest relatives to that point on the Seaboard train leaving at 10:30 this forenoon.  Judge Tillman never married and of close kindred he leaves only two sisters, Mrs. James M. Cathcart and Miss Elizabeth R. Tillman, both of Tampa.  He was an uncle of J.M. Catheart, Jr., of the Tribune, and the latter will be among the funeral party this morning.  He believed thoroughly in the old say, "If you want a friend, be a friend" and he had so conducted himself in life as to be mourned sincerely in death.  He was liberal, almost to a fault, and was ever alert for opportunity to widen the scene of an influence for good. At all times he was well informed on current events of national and State significance, and he took great pride in the development of his native State, no portion of which he loved better than this city, Hillsborough and Sumter counties.

His relatives and his more intimate associates well knew a few weeks agol that life's walk for him was to be a short one and that, weakened by the malady from which he suffered, even a reasonably strong vitally would not permit him long to sustain a fight for life. But even this foreknowledge lessens but little the feeling of regret that he is no more.  The only consolation is that his long years of suffering have ended.
For Judge Tillman was a good citizen, a capable and popular official and kindred ties could boast no more loving, indulgent or devoted brother or uncle.  He passed, but his memory will long remain as a sweet benediction of good work well done among those who knew him best; who loved him most.
[Source: Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, March 1, 1910]

Robert F. Tompkins
DEATH OF ROBT. F. TOMPKINS ON OCT. 7, 1914
One of Sumter County's noblest men passed away. Bros. Tompkins was 44 years old, was marrird to Miss Fannie Parish twenty-three years ago, and twenty three years ago he joined the Baptist church, and was baptized by Rev. A. C. Parish. Two years ago was ordained as deacon in Linden Baptist Church. He was faithful in all the duties of a Christian man. His body was laid to rest in the Linden cemetery, the 8th with a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his departure. His loving pastor conducted the funeral services using (Rev. 14-13.) After which the body was turned over to the W. O. W. and all marched to the cemetery.
[The Sumter County Times, June 27, 1913 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Mildred Webb   
Mildred Viola Webb, 86, of Bushnell, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997.  She was born in St. Catherine and was a lifetime resident of Sumter County.  She was a cattle production owner.  She was a member of St. Catherine Methodist Church, the Cattlemens Association, Florida Farm Bureau, National Association of Clock and Antique Watch Collectors.  Her survivors include a niece Patricia Curich, of Bushnell, a sister, Eddie Fussell Oliver of Jacksonville.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Purcell Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Ron Sumpter officiated.  Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, handled the arrangement. [Newspaper: Sumter County Times Date: 1 Jan 1998 Submitters Name: M Hancock]


Ada Mary Welch

Mary Welch, 91, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997.  She was born in Effingham County, Ill.  She moved here in 1982 from Decatur, Ill.  She was a savings and loan officer, and a member of the First United Methodist of Lake Panasoffkee.  Her survivors include two sons, Robert L., of Lake Panasoffkee, and C. Kent, of Decatur, III; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at Purcell Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Louis Shields officiated.  Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, handled the arrangements. [Unknown Newspaper, 1997. Submitters Name: M Hancock ]

Mr. Lamar William Woodard
Mr. Lamar William Woodard, age 35, of Bushnell, died Tuesday, July 24, 1990.  Mr. Woodard was a life time resident of Bushnell.  He was a heavy equipment mechanic. Mr. Woodard is survived by his father: Dennis "Dink" Woodard, Bushnell; mother: Freida Louise Newman, Jacksonville; two brothers: John Dennis Woodard, Bushnell, Steven Lynn Woodard, Silvers Springs Shore; one sister: Denise Louise Lancaster, Bushnell; maternal grandparents: Earl and Myrtle Wilson, Bushnell; two aunts; and several nieces and nephews. The Funeral was held at Purcell Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 26 followed by interment in Bay Bill Cemetery, Bushnell.  Reverend John Poor officiated.  Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.
[Sumter County Times Date: 2 Aug 1990 . Sub by FoFG]

Viola Jeanette Woodard
Viola Jeanette Woodard, 82, Bushnell, died Sunday, June 1.  She was born in Mansfield and moved to Sumter County from Mansfield several years ago.  She was a homemaker and member of the Wahoo Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, James I. Woodard, Bushnell; one step-son, Henry Y. Woodard, Merritt Island; five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Purcell Funeral Home Chapel, Bushnell, with the Rev. K. B. Forbes officiating. Interment followed at the Bay Hill Cemetery, west of Bushnell. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell was in charge of arrangements. [Sumter County Times, Date: 5 Jun 1986. Submitters Name: M Hancock ]

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