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Tallahassee Democrat Florida Obituaries Thursday, November 23, 2000 11B Florida BRADENTON First part of crash inquiry completed Officials investigating a fatal midair collision between a U.S. Air Force F-16 and a small plane have wrapped up their onsite probe and say it likely will be months before the cause of the crash is known. Corky Smith, National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator, said investigators returned to Miami on Wednesday to begin sifting through witness statements, radar data and other evidence. TAMPA Side battle over tapes: The government fought Wednesday to keep secretly recorded conversations between a couple accused of misleading investigators about their daughters disappearance from being thrown out of court. Prosecutors in the Marlene and Steve Aisenberg case responded to a federal judge that found conversations authorities taped at the couple's home following the Nov. 24, 1997, disappearance of 5-month-old Sabrina were inaudible. The child has never been found. The Aisenbergs were indicted last year on charges of lying to and misleading investigators. Defense attorneys said the tapes should be thrown out. DAYTONA BEACH Judge turns down Butterworth: A judge has rejected an attempt by state Attorney General Bob Butter-worth to force SunCruz Casinos gambling boats to eliminate slot machines and blackjack, dice and roulette tables. The ruling by Volusia County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Will on Tuesday stems from a complaint filed by Butterworth in February that sought to stop gambling on the SunCruz III. Casino gambling is illegal in Florida, but gambling boats sail three miles out into international waters before they allow patrons to bet. It is a $500 million-a-year industry in the state. MILTON Second Pace man gets death: The second of two former mental patients who pleaded guilty in the mutilation slaying of a high school girl was sentenced to death. Circuit Judge Paul Rasmussen told Jeremiah Rodgers during Tuesday's sentencing hearing that Rodgers killed Jennifer Robinson for "no other apparent reason than the thrill of doing so." Rodgers and Jonathan Lawrence pleaded guilty to killing the teen and Lawrence's mentally disabled cousin, Justin Livingston, 20, in 1998. Democrat news services Photographer loses fight against cancer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JACKSONVILLE -Tara McParland, a Florida Times-Union photographer who chronicled in photos her three-year fight against cancer, has died at the age of 33. "Breast cancer had stripped away the certainties of my life," McParland, who died Tuesday at Hospice of Northeast Florida, wrote in a series of newspaper stories in which she documented and photographed the triumphs and failures of fighting the disease. McParland was raised in Brockton, Mass., and was a graduate of Syracuse Uni versity. She came to the in 1994. Survivors include her mother, Carol McParland of Brockton, and her father, John McParland of Randolph, Mass.. and a sister, Jennifer McParland. McParland "Breast ? cancer had stripped away the certainties of my life." Local Obituaries ; Robert Jessie Allen Robert Jessie Allen, also known as JABI, 34, of Tallahassee : died Nov. 16. The ser- vice will be at ' 11 a.m. Sat-,'urday at Friendship Aen AME Church, with burial at St. Peter Community Cemetery in Woodville. Family will ' receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson 1 & Associates Mortuary , (878-4144) and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the ser- vice at the church. A native and a former resident of Miami and Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a ', longtime resident of Tallahassee. He was owner of Allen Legal Services in Brooklyn and Tallahassee, an astrologer, writer and songwriter. He was a mem-"ber of Friendship AME Church. ' He is survived by his ! father, Earnest L. Allen Sr. ; of Tallahassee; two broth-; ers, Hosie R. Allen of ; Blountstown and Ernest A. Allen Jr. of Tallahassee; and four sisters, Naomi L. Allen, Pinkie A. Allen, Shandora Allen and Ernes-i tine T. Jefferson of Talla- hassee. ; Edward Branham ; Edward "Sonny" Bra-: nham, 76, of Monticello ' died Sunday in Tallahassee. The service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bethel : AME Church in Monticello, with burial at Texas Hill Cemetery. A native of Monticello and a 40-year resident of Tampa, he returned to Monticello in 1988. He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II. He was a Mason with Mount Pleas- ; ant Lodge No. 13, F&A.M., P.H.A. of Tampa. He was a ; member of Bethel AME Church, where he was a steward. He is survived by a son, Johnny Branham of Tampa; five children he raised, ; Willie J. Saunders of Tampa, Army Chief Warrant Officer Wayne G. Saunders of Fort Huachuca, Ariz., ' Shirley S. Gilley, Sandra G. Saunders and Famita L. ' Saunders of Monticello; a I sister, Emily Mae Branham ; of Monticello; three grand-children; and five , great-grandchildren. ' (Tillman's Funeral Home : in Monticello, 997-5553.) Cora D. Brown Cora D. Brown, 94, of '.Tallahassee died Tuesday in Perry. The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Flipper : Chapel AME Church in ; Tallahassee, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. A native of Quitman, Ga., she had lived in Tallahassee since the mid-1950s. She was a domestic worker. She was a member of Bright Rose Charity Lodge, Pallbearer Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star and Flipper Chapel AME Church. She is survived by two sons, James Henry Brown of Jacksonville and Frank Brown of Tallahassee; three daughters, Mary Walker, Barbara Johnson and Sylvia Beckwith of Tallahassee; three sisters, Minnie Humphrey of Quitman, Dorothy Parker and Ruth Parker of Tallahassee; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. (Strong & Jones Funeral Home, 224-2139.) Ross Anthony Clayton Ross "Bubba" Anthony Clayton, 36, of Tallahas see died Nov. 17 from injuries received in an automobile accident. The service will be at urday at0" Abundant Life and Restoration Ministries in Tallahassee, with burial at Southside Cemetery. A lifelong resident of Tallahassee, he was a land-scaper for Freeman's Landscaping Services. He is survived by a son, Ross Anthony Clayton Jr. of Tallahassee; his mother, Janie Clayton of Tallahassee; three brothers, Fred Clayton, Willie Bentley and Jimmie Bentley of West Palm Beach; and six sisters, Deborah Clayton of Fort Lauderdale, and Mable Kilpatrick, Gloria Clayton, Martha Simmons, j Blanche Holton and Jennifer Brown of Tallahassee. (Strong & Jones Funeral Home, 224-2139.) Tyrone Wade Clayton Jr. Tyrone Wade Clayton Jr., 22, of Quincy died Nov. 16 in Owensboro, Ky. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Quincy, with burial at St. James Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Madry Memorial Funeral Chapel in Quincy (875-2665). A lifelong resident of Quincy, he was a laborer at Quincy Farms. He is survived by a devoted friend, Kimberly Green of Chattahoochee; his father, Tyrone Wade Clayton Sr. of Quincy; his mother; Alice Brown of Port St. Joe; his stepmother, Daisy Clayton of Quincy; a son, Quantarrius Clayton of Gretna; three sisters, LaTonya Clayton of Chattahoochee, Tamara Clayton of Blountstown and De'Andra Clayton of Tennessee; two stepsisters, Tenanna Jones and Tara Daniels of Quincy; his paternal grandmother, Ola Mae Beckwith of Quincy; his maternal grandmother, Roberta Brown of Bristol; and his paternal great-grandmother, Luella Carroll of Quincy. Helen M. S. Davis Helen Mary Sweeney Davis, 70, of Havana died Tuesday in Tallahassee. A private service will be held at a later date, with burial at Davis Family Cemetery in Tallahassee. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, John Knox Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303. A native of Perry, N.Y., she had lived in Havana since 1994. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jerry V. Davis of Havana; a son, Brian L. Davis of Tallahassee; three grandchildren, Karen Davis, Brian Davis and Gary Davis of Tallahassee. (Abbey Funeral Home in Tallahassee, 562-1518.) Marie P. Hemanes Marie P. Hemanes, 88, of Tallahassee died Wednesday in Quincy. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Independent Funeral Home in Quincy (875-1529). Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Big Bend Area, 1304 E. Sixth Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32303. A native of Mount Pleasant, she had lived in Tallahassee since 1988. She attended Church of Christ in Tallahassee. She is survived by four sons, Rosbey L. Hemanes Jr. and Robert "Bobby" Hemanes of Quincy, Earnest M. Hemanes of Hos-ford, and Johnny Hemanes of Bainbridge; three daughters, Rosalyn M. Agerton of Quincy, Jean Strickland of Tallahassee and Alice Rabion of Sneads; 16 grandchildren; 31 greatgrandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Charles Jones Charles Jones, 55, of Greensboro died Nov. 17 in Quincy. ... The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine Bloom Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro, with burial at Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Madry Memorial Funeral Chapel in Quincy (875-2665). A lifelong resident of Greensboro, he was an auto mechanic. He was a member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro. He is survived by his caregiver, Delerene Jones of Greensboro; two sons, Roy Jones of West Palm Beach and Sam Evans of Bonifay; a daughter, Wanda Jones of Columbus, Ga.; and three brothers, Lonnie Jones of Greensboro, Eddie Jones of Tallahassee and Freddie Adams of Chattahoochee. Grace Baker Pridgeon Grace Baker Pridgeon, 85, of Mayo died Tuesday in Live Oak. The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, Mayo Chapel in Mayo (850-584-4149), with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. A native of Tifton, Ga., she had lived in Mayo for 70 years. She was a home-maker and a member of Mayo Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Tom Pridgeon of Mayo; two sons, T.E. Pridgeon Jr. of Mayo and Paul Pridgeon of DeFuniak Springs; a brother, Billy Baker of Cocoa Beach; two sisters, Dorothy Durden of Jacksonville and Betty Osteen of Mayo; three grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Elnora Holloway Proctor Elnora Holloway Proctor, 75, of Greenville died Nov. 14 in Hollywood. The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, with burial at Ashville Cemetery in Monticello. Family will receive friends from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at Tillman's Funeral Home in Monticello (997-5553). A native of Greenville, she had lived in Jefferson County for 48 years before going to Miami to stay with her daughter. She was a housekeeper and a retired farmer. She is survived by her husband, General Proctor Sr. of Monticello; six sons, General Proctor Jr., Felix Proctor, Larry Proctor and Gregory Proctor of Monticello, Clifford Proctor of Phoenix, Ariz., Bernard Proctor of Quitman, Ga.; four daughters, Jacqueline Proctor Erving of Tallahassee, Deborah Proctor, Shirley Proctor Brantley and Evonne Proctor Sparks of Miami; two brothers, Joe Louis Holloway of Miami, Howard Holloway of Greenville; three sisters, Matilda Lewis of Greenville, Helen Brinson and Dorothy Sears of Miami; 20 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Alice Louise Purvis Alice Louise Purvis, 82, of Tallahassee died Wednesday. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bevis Funeral Home (385-2193), with burial at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. A native of Bronwood, Ga., she had lived in Tallahassee for 45 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Parkway Baptist Church. She is survived by four daughters, Patricia A. Church, Susan Standley and Faye Singletary of Tallahassee and Rosalind Phinazee of Port St. Joe; a brother, J.L. Weston of Tallahassee; a sister, Evelyn Weaver of Baxley, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Lawrence Robinson Lawrence Robinson, 81, of Perry died Wednesday in Tallahassee. The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home (850-584-4149), with burial at Pineview Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A native of Cincinnati and a former resident of Miami, he had lived in Perry since 1980. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a machinist for Pan American. He is survived by three sons, Michael Robinson of Perry, Joseph Robinson of Goldsboro, N.C., and Terry Robinson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Beverly Robinson of Perry; a brother, Paul Robinson of Fairhope, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Willie James Smith Willie James Smith, also known as, Henry V. Koonce, 72, of Tallahassee died Nov. 16. The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Strong & Jones Funeral Home (224-2139). A native of Marianna, he had lived in Tallahassee Smith since about 1965. He was the owner and operator of a lounge, The Green Oak, in Gretna and was a Christian. He is survived by his wife, Margaret C. Smith of Tallahas see; two sons, Clarance Green and Bobby Tennell of Quincy; five daughters, Lillie Mae Hill and Ruthie Mae Koonce of Jacksonville, Dorothy Mae Koonce of Clearwater, and Tiffany Green and Ashley Green of Gretna; a brother, Ira Lee Koonce of Braden-ton; three sisters, Leatha Mae Wicks of Fayetteville, Tenn., Lillie V. Smith and Ruth B. Austin of St. Petersburg; 22 grandchil-dren; 16 greatgrandchildren. Franklin Lane Tyus Sr. Franklin Lane Tyus Sr., 74, of Cairo, Ga., died Wednesday. The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Long Branch Baptist Church in Cairo, with burial at the church cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Clark Funeral Home in Cairo (912-377-1414). A native of Grady County, Ga., he was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a manager at Satilla REMC until his retirement. He was a former member of the Alma Lions Club and and was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Elkins Tyus of Cairo; three sons, Franklin Lane Tyus THANK YOU The family of the late Bertha L. Glenn wishes to express sincere thanks and gratitude to each of you for all acts of kindness shown during our hours of bereavement. May God Bless Each of You. The Glenn & Thompson Family MRS. JOHNNIE SPAIN Mrs Johnnie Spain, 77, of Marietta, GA, formerly of Tallahassee, Florida died Tuesday, November 21, 2000. Services will be 11:00am Monday in the Chapel of West Cobb Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Strickland officiating. A native of Carabelle, Florida, having lived in the Tallahassee area most of her life, Mrs. Spain moved to the Marietta area 15 years ago from Orlando, Florida. Mrs. Spain worked with the Gulf Oil Company as an office manager and was a WAVE of the United States Navy. She is survived by" Son: Mr. Richard "Dick" Spain of Marietta, GA; 2 sisters:Mrs. Mary Maines, San Antonia, Texas and Mrs. Roberta Currie, Tallahassee, FL; 1 granddaughter Kelly Duran, Brooklyn, NY. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, evening and Friday -evening from 6-8pm. West Cobb Funeral Home, 2480 Macland Rd. Marietta, GA 30064 (770)419-9234... . : M Jr. of Jacksonville, Robert Larry Tyus of Powder Springs, Ga., and Jeffrey Patrick Tyus of Smith Station, Ala.; two daughters, Margaret Anne Gaines of Thomasville, Ga., and Linda Gail Summers of Senoia, Ga.; a brother, Lewis Tyus of Cairo; a sister, Anne Parks of Cairo; and 11 grandchildren. Beatrice Green Williams Beatrice Green "Tug" Williams, 59, of Tallahassee died Nov. 17. The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Inno vation Bap- Williams tist Church in Tallahassee, with burial at Southside Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson & Associates Mortuary (878-4144) and on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the service at the church. A native of Blakely, Ga., and a former resident of Newark, N.J., she had lived in Tallahassee since 1993. She had been a bus driver for 13 years for the Mentally Challenged Special Aid of the Newark Board of Education and for New Jersey Public Transportation. She was a former member of the Tabernacle Church in Melbourne. She is survived by a son, Kelvin Moses Green of Tallahassee; a stepson, Kenny Green of Moultrie, Ga.; a daughter, Val D. Booth of Tallahassee; her mother, Ossie Pittman of Tallahassee; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Helen Mary Sweeney Davis Helen Mary Sweeney Davis, 70, of Havana, Florida died November 21, 2000, at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Mrs. Davis was born April 8, 1930, in Perry, New York. Helen graduated from Perry Central School and was married for 51 years to Jerry Vernon Davis, also of Perry. They moved to Florida in 1974. Survivors are her husband Jerry, son Brian Davis, daughter-in-law Claire and grandchildren, Karen, Brian and Gary Davis. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Ms. Davis will be buried in the Davis Family Cemetery on Baum Ridge Farm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 241 John Knox Road, Tallahassee, Fl 32303, IVd Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours, vr tine P l a iHa tton Tallahassee's Premier Assisted Living Center 2507 St. Augusant Piantantm (850) 309-1982 THE COOL WEATHER IS HERE! ITS TIME TO SERVICE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM H5 OVCIi'DeS FILTEK) (or include cleaning the Dirty Evaporator Coil: $95) Oner-Operated Licensed Insured 926-4375 567-5297

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