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Obituaries and Death Notices
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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]

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 ]

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 ]

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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