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1925 – 2017
December 28, 2017                     

DEC 28 OBIT EEHRBAR PICElizabeth Kimbrell Ehrbar passed away on December 17, 2017, surrounded by her daughters, loving friends and pups.  She was preceded in death by her son Mark Ehrbar and brother Gene Kimbrell.  She is survived by her daughters Lisa Ehrbar and Enid Ehrbar (Craig Diamond), her niece Melissa Gordon (John), nephews Wade Kimbrell (Julie), Lyle Kimbrell (Elizabeth) and Michael Harvey (Barbara), and her beloved Coco.

Elizabeth was born February 25, 1925 in Fayette Alabama. She grew up in North Florida and South Georgia, graduating from Brooks County High School in Quitman Georgia where she was a cheerleader and voted most likely to succeed. Elizabeth attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota Florida where she met and married Eugene Ehrbar at the end of WWII. She taught art in Bradenton Florida before moving to Gainesville where she worked for IFAS at UF. She became the Chief of Exhibits at the Florida State Museum and moved to Tallahassee when the position became part of the Florida Park system. Elizabeth loved working with the Florida Parks and Recreation system developing interpretive exhibits for numerous state parks, historic sites, and historic house museums, from the panhandle to the Florida Keys. Her love of Florida history and desire to preserve that history and tell the story of the parks can be seen in state parks from the John Gorrie Museum in Apalachicola, to Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach, Forest Capital State Park in Perry, Cedar Key State Museum, Gamble Mansion in Bradenton, the Barnacle in Coconut Grove, as well as numerous other state parks throughout the state. After retiring from the State, Elizabeth was instrumental in developing the exhibits and furnishings for the restoration of the Truman Little Whitehouse in Key West Florida.  After moving to Cedar Key Florida, Elizabeth volunteered with the Citizens Support Organization at the Cedar Key State Museum where she worked to help improve the park. At the age of 85 she worked with the Cedar Key Historical Society to refurbish the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum in downtown Cedar Key, a true labor of love for her.

1918 – 2017
December 27, 2017

 Betty was born August 1918, in Clayton, New Jersey, to Ercell and Rose Turner. She grew up in her hometown; and, was a graduate of Clayton High School. After high school graduation, Betty entered nursing school and graduated from Temple University School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (1939). While attending nursing school she met and later married her life's love and partner, Roger J. Maloney, VMD in 1941.

 Betty and Roger raised their six children in Moorestown, NJ, where, as a homemaker, she also helped Roger with his veterinary practice; and, she participated in her many interests and hobbies.

1965 - 2017
December 17, 2017

He was raised in Cedar Key, Florida, and moved to Bronson in 1985 when he went to work with Levy County Sheriff’s Department.   He worked with LCSO for 10 years as a deputy, and at that time he was also the first K9 Handler for LCSO.  After leaving LCSO, he started his own business, McCain’s Land Clearing and Hauling.  His biggest joy was spending time with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Mack and Thelma McCain of Cedar Key.  He is survived by: his two daughters, Felicia Calkin of Bell, Florida, and Gina Fletcher of Old Town, Florida,  three brothers,  James, Kenny, and Harold McCain, all of Cedar Key; sister Gayle Locke of Chiefland;  companion Sandra Skinner of Bronson and four grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Sunday December 17, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Knauff Funeral Home Chapel in Chiefland, Florida.   Graveside service will be Monday December 18, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Cedar Key Cemetery, Cedar Key, F;oria.  Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Chiefland, Florida.  Please sign the guest book online at


Sunday, December 17, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00  pm
Knauff Funeral Home - Chiefland
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Chiefland, Florida 32626
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Monday, December 18, 2017
11:00 am
Cedar Key Cemetery
Cedar Key, Florida  32625


JULY 17, 1923 - AUGUST 26, 2017
October 17, 2017

Roland Monroe Sandlin, 94, Branford, Florida, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017.  The Branford, Florida, native was born to James Grant Sandlin and Gussie Victoria Sandlin on July 17, 1923, in the Hildreth, Floria, community.  He lived all his life on the farm homesteaded by his father. He was a member of Fort White Church of Christ.  He was a poultry farmer for Gold Kist for 27 years.  

Mr. Sandlin is survived by his wife of 70 years: Myrtle Sandlin, Branford, Florida; four sons: Albert (Charlotte) Sandlin, Mascotte, FL; Sonny Sandlin, Gardendale, AL; Daryl Sandlin (Benita), Branford, FL; Virgil Sandlin (Charue), Cedar Key, FL; two daughters: Pam (Ron) Thayer, Branford, FL; Pat (Ben) Lindsey, Aztec, NM; 11 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 10:00AM Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Santa Fe Cemetery near the Hildreth community with Mr. John Zellner officiating. Mr. Sandlin has specified there be NO FLOWERS.  In lieu of flowers, any donations should be mailed to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.


1940 - 2017
July 5, 2017

Robert Wilcox “Wicky” Bostick, age 77, passed away June 29, 2017, in Cedar Key, Florida.  He was born in Gainesville to the late Lillie Mae and Samuel Wilcox Bostick on February 14, 1940. 

He is survived by his brother Rhesa Bostick and his wife Marilyn, both of Gainesville, several nieces and nephews, and his longtime companion Glenda Richburg of Cedar Key.  Mr. Bostick was a 1964 graduate of the University of Florida, a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was retired. 

He was an avid sailor, a commodore in the Monduvian Navy of the Crewe of Mondu, New Orleans, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Cedar Key Aerie, and a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Key.

 A memorial service in the church garden will be held on Friday, July 7 at 3 p.m.  Refreshments will follow at Annie’s Café, Cedar Key, located adjacent to the church on State Road 24.

Mr. Bostick is under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida. (352)493-4777.


1934 – 2017
June 5, 2017

82 of St. Petersburg fell asleep with the Lord Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was born to Geraldine and William Fidelas Grantges June 20, 1934.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Wimmel Grantges, and three sons, Henry Grantges; David Grantges Jr. (Susan) and their children Ethan, Emma, and Natalie; Terence Grantges (Laurie) and their children Liana, Abigail, and Melanie.

David was born and raised in Minnesota. His most cherished times were spent on Basswood Lake on an island owned by his family. He spent the summers working as a fishing guide, becoming highly successful and sought after by senators and executives. The money he earned paid for his college degree. He graduated from The University of Minnesota, where he was a four-year letterman in the shot put and discus.

In 1957 after graduation, he moved to Belleair Beach with his folks and sold real estate. That year he met his future wife Carolyn at the Cecelian young singles club. They were married at St. Cecelia's Roman Catholic Church in Clearwater, FL October 10, 1959. They moved throughout southern Florida before settling in St. Petersburg in 1967.

David enjoyed fishing, canoeing, and camping with his family. He was the editor of the Florida Sport Paddling Club for years and led over 100 canoe trips throughout Florida, Georgia, Canada, and Alaska. David was also a competitive canoe racer and organized several canoe races attended by paddlers from all over the country. He and his wife founded Explorer Post 266 specializing in canoe racing and camping introducing teens to outdoor adventures.

David and Carol were avid track and field enthusiasts, attending national track meets throughout the United States. David always wanted to help support athletes to achieve their dreams to be Olympic champions.

David was a part time resident of Cedar Key for a number of years after retirement, where he and Carol enjoyed fishing, time with friends, and the charms of the small town atmosphere.

David had a passion for poetry and literature, especially the works of Robert Service and Rudyard Kipling. They were also Trustees of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at The Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek in 2009.

Funeral Mass Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 1030 am at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33756


May 26, 2017

Wynell Elizabeth Hathcox, 76, of Slidell, LA, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Slidell Memorial Hospital in LA.   Wynell was born on January 3, 1941, in Cedar Key, FL.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Cedar Key Cemetery.   Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland, FL.  (352)493-4777




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Christopher Taiani
December 15, 1952 – March 24, 2017

Chris (AKA “Chrissie) Taiani passed away on March 24, 2017 due to complications from colorectal cancer. He was born on December 15, 1952 at the Naval hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. The family moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1957 to join the growing NASA community as pioneers in the space race. As part of the Naish Avenue gang, he enjoyed many boyhood adventures—hunting ducks before school (sometimes during school), fishing mullet with bow and arrows, and surfing.

Chris graduated from Cocoa Beach High School in 1971, then the University of Florida in 1975 with a degree in recreational education. Afterwards he was lifeguard captain in Martin County where he made life long friendships with fellow guards. He moved on in the 1980s to work for Ron Jon Surf Shop, traveled as a merchandise salesperson for rock and roll shows, and later joined the field crew of Indian River Mariculture, the first shellfish farm in Florida. He helped to plant the first farm-raised clams in Cedar Key, literally planting the seeds for what is today a thriving shellfish aquaculture industry. In 1991, he joined the staff of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution as an instructor, teaching fishermen how to grow clams and oysters in Cedar Key and Oak Hill. He established the Big T Clam Farm in 1993 and remained a small aquatic farmer for the rest of his life. He met his wife Leslie Sturmer in Cedar Key where they were wed on Seahorse Key in 1997. Chris was a waterman since childhood. He enjoyed the outdoors–water and woods–fishing for reds and grouper, lobstering in the Keys, scalloping, and hunting with friends at his camp by the Ocala National Forest. Chris lived a big life in a quiet way and will be remembered for his witticisms or “Chrissieisms”. A favorite, “they’re getting away…” can also be taken as an important life lesson. All of our days are precious and should be treasured.

Chris is predeceased by his mother Isabelle, grandparents, and faithful retriever companions (Thor and Hydro). He is survived by his wife of 20 years, dog Splash, father Angelo of Cocoa Beach, sister Brigid (Mike Reed) of Merritt Island, brother Mark of Seattle, extended family of aunt, uncle, cousins, nephews, and nieces, and the many many friends he made and kept throughout his life. A celebration of his life will be held in the near future. Donations in his memory can be made to the nonprofit organization, Fight Colorectal Cancer; go to


March 6, 2017

Thelma McCain,76, of Cedar Key, Florida, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at home.   She was born in Cross City, Florida, on November 20, 1940.

Thelma was a cook at the Captain’s Table Restaurant for 18 years and at the Cedar Key School Cafeteria for 13 years.  She was on the Board of directors at Central Florida Electric Cooperative and LARC for numerous years, on the board of Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, and also a member of the Cedar Key Lions and Lioness Club.

She is survived by: her sons James, Kenny, and Harold McCain of Cedar Key and Gilbert McCain of Bronson;  her daughter Gayle Locke of Chiefland;  her brothers Richard and Jerry Rain of Cedar Key and Jimmy Rains of Gainesville.  She also has eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:00 am at Cedar Key Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland from 6 -8 pm.

Arrangements are under the care on Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland, Florida (352)493-4777.


February 28, 2017

Helen M. Berry, 70, of Cedar Key, Florida, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

She is survived by her sister Thelma McCain of Cedar Key, Florida,., nephews James McCain, Kenny McCain, Harold McCain, all of Cedar Key, Florida,  and Gilbert McCain of Bronson, Florida,  and niece Gayle Locke of Chiefland, Florida.

A graveside service was held for Helen on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Cedar Key Cemetery, Cedar Key, Florida.

Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida,  (352)493-4777.


March 1, 2017

MAR 1 OBIT PIC Debra Querio 1Debra Ann Querio, 55, of Otter Creek, Florida, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Querioi was born in North Kansas City, Missouri, on June 10, 1960. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Key and was employed as the Ministry Assistant for the Harmony Baptist Association.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years Harold T. “Tim” Querio, her mother Mary Lou (Richard) Neuens of Apache Junction, Arizona, and father JC (Sandra) McDaniel of Paloa, Kansas, her son Jim (Sandy Cooper) Allen, daughter Tyler (Craig Georgel) Allen of Green Bay, Wisconsin, step-sons Jarrod (Liz) Querio of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and Joshua Querio of Iron Mountain, MI, brother Douglas (Tammy) Mcdaniel, sister Denise (James) Fisher, mother and father-in-law, Judi and Bernard Querio of Iron Mountain, Missouri,, brother-in-laws David (Valory) Querio, and Steve (Nicole) Querio, she also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her Grandparents William & Mary Bates and Clifford and Ruby McDaniel.

February 16, 2016

Neil F. Doty, 60, of Cedar Key, Florida, passed away February 11, 2017, at his home.   Neil was the loving husband of Mary T Doty (Terry),  father of Triston Doty, Gabrial Doty, TJ Doty, Adrianne Doty, and step father of Julie Mims, Ronnie Saladin, Sarah Saladin, and Adam Saladin.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren. 

He was the assistant superintendent of the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District for 33 years.  Neil also served in the Air Force for four years.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be held Friday, February 17. 2017, 4 pm at the Cedar Key Cemetery, Wall of Remembrance.  The family will gather after the service at the home of Nickie Rucker, 16856 Sturgis Circle, Cedar Key, Florida.


January 22, 2017

JAN 21 REXROAT 1Vernon "Lee" Rexroat, 78, Fort Collins, CO, died peacefully at home after a short illness on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Lee enjoyed a long career with the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he served as assistant dean of students for a period of time.  He then taught at the graduate level in the education department.  Later, he acted as student advisor and counselor.  Lee married his high school sweetheart, Jeanie Gustafson (Erdmann), and they had two children.  Later in his life, he remarried the love of his life, Christine Rexroat (Bevevino) at which time he lovingly accepted his extended family, and they enjoyed many years together until his death.JAN 21 REXROAT 2

Lee was fortunate to retire from the university at the age of 55 years.  After retirement, he and Christine traveled the countryside in their RV, eventually settling for many years in two places: Burnsville, NC (summers) and Cedar Key Fl. (winters).  Five years ago, Lee and Christine relocated to Fort Collins, CO, to be close to children and grandchildren.  He was a musician and a storyteller, and he beamed laughter and love everywhere he went.  He adored his grandchildren who all will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife Christine Rexroat, 5 children; daughters Dawn Rexroat (Wiiliam), Leah Barrett (Brian), and Gabrielle Pearl Barrett (Ted), Sons Christopher Rexroat (Kathy) and Jason Barrett (Mari). 8 grandchildren; Devonte & Kian Rexroat-Potts (Dawn and William), Rosie&Lilli Barrett (Jason and Mari), Jackson&Tyler Pearl (Gabrielle and Ted), and Lance&Margot Rexroat (Christopher and Kathy).

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(Leonard Vernon) OAKLEY
1967 - 2016
December 2016
Editor’s Note: 
Below are notes of the pastor who spoke at Danny Oakley’s final service;
they were given to the  Cedar Key News staff by father George Oakley.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on Oct. 10, 1967.

We moved to Atlanta, Georgia when Danny was 11.

He graduated from Dunwoody High School and tried college a couple of times, but it wasn't his "cup of tea".

He went to work for Marriott Corp. in Atlanta, and was promoted to Wilmington, Delaware. where he became Manager of Housekeeping. Stayed there for a couple of years, but missed Atlanta and his family, so he came back.

Left Marriott, and got into Landscaping, and tried his own company. Had a bad partner so it didn't work out.

Took a job managing a small motel in St. Petersburg, Florida for a couple of years. Again, he missed Atlanta and his family, so he left the job and went back to Atlanta where he worked for a small company that manufactured nuts and bolts (really big business after hurricanes and tornados).

He contacted neurology, which was painful, and had digestive problems, so he lost weight, and had to quit work.

I suggested he come to Cedar Key and open Island Gulf Karts, which would be less strenuous. So, he came to Cedar Key June of 2015.

However, the medical problems persisted, and he became weaker and weaker until he passed away Fri, Dec. 30, 2016

Danny was a good son and never gave me any real problems. I only had to give him four spankings when he was a child (had to give his sister, Traci, five spankings, as she was the tough one).

anny had a quick wit, and could be funny. He amazed me with his memory and the things he knew. And, what has really amazed me is the number of friends he made here in the short time he lived here. Also, I found that his customers loved him (I just found a cake in his house that said, "Thanks Danny").


November 29, 20116

Dear friend and member of our music community, folksinger Bob Hamlet passed away October 19, 2016, at his home in Crystal Beach, Maryland.  Elaine Hamlet, his dear wife and close companion for 54 years, cared for him while he suffered from heart failure. 

Bob was a singer and guitar player in the folk and bluegrass communities, including Philadelphia, Penn State, and later Chestertown, Maryland, and he and Elaine have been great friends of the Grillbillies at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.  He was known for his rousing renditions of “Sinner Man,” “The Water Is Wide,” and “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It.” 

After graduating from Penn State, Bob spent his entire career as a beloved kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He would say that he “would sing songs for the kids all day!”  It was a job he loved. 

During his long and active retirement, he and Elaine travelled, lived in Cedar Key, Florida, for winters, performed music, read, gardened, and did all the things he loved, always, always, singing a song with a guitar in his hands.   We love you, Bob, and will miss you forever.

Elaine will plan a memorial celebration of his life when warm weather returns in the spring. 
Elaine’s address is 37 Florida Avenue, Earlville, Maryland 21919.


August 24, 2016

Teal lived ready for the next adventure – boating trips in the middle of the week, looking for sightless crawfish in a sinkhole cave, slipping off to fish with friends when all thought he was working, a quick arrowhead hunt – he would change his schedule on a whim.  Those who knew him best lived on “Teal Time” because 10 minutes really meant at least 30 and mornings weren’t really his thing. 

Teal lived his life with integrity, faith, compassion, loyalty, and a touch of strong will.  His kind words and actions showed people what it meant to act and treat others with dignity.  His impact on friends and family, especially his two boys, will not fade with his death.  A death that he didn’t fear – he was ready to go to the Lord when He wanted him.  His faith in the Lord was pure.

Teal was born in Jacksonville in 1974 to Steve and Carol Pomeroy.  He moved to Chiefland as a young child.  Teal graduated Chiefland High School in 1992 and went on to join the U.S. Army.  Upon discharge, he returned to the city he loved – Chiefland. 

August 15, 2016

Joseph Burnett Rain, 61, of Cedar Key passed away August 13, 2016, in Chiefland, Florida.  He was a commercial fisherman; he loved fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by: his wife Elaine Rains; daughters Jennifer Stewart (Shane), Chyanne Rains; his sister Thelma McCain; brothers Richard, James, Jerry Rain. His also survived by his grandchildren Joey, Natalie, Kyle Stewart and Nadia, and Kelvin Scott. Rain is also survived by many Nieces and Nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Burnett and Virginia Rain, brother Alfred and grandson Dylan Stewart.

A graveside service was held at Shiloh Cemetery in Cedar Key Florida on Monday August 15, 2016 at 4:00PM.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland. (352) 493-4777.



April 8, 2016

Helen Hiers Usher passed away on April 1, 2016, at Oak Hammock in Gainesville, Florida, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease.  She was born on November 2, 1930, to Velma and Delma Hiers.  Both her mother’s family (the Clyatts & Hudsons) and her father’s family (the Hiers & Overstreets) were pioneer Levy County families.

She was the youngest of 4 children, Violet, Johnnie, and John Delma, Jr. (“Bud”), and enjoyed fond memories of growing up with her immediate family and her extended family of cousins who lived nearby.

Helen attended school in Chiefland and Bronson and graduated from Chiefland High School in 1948.  She was Valedictorian of her class.

31 MARCH 2016
Andy Dennis Andrews, 73, of Chiefland, passed away Monday, March 28th, 2016. Mr. Andrews was a farmer and owner of Andrews Old Seed Store, he founded A.D. Andrews Nursery and was the owner of the Levy County Journal newspaper. He was an avid lover of family, history, the outdoors and was a staunch conservationist. Mr. Andrews was a sixth generation Floridian, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was a Primitive Baptist.
He is survived by three daughters, Martha Ann Jakab of Jacksonville, Mary Andrews of Gainesville, and Amy J. Andrews de Miranda and husband Carlos of Memphis, TN; one brother, Dennis Andrews of Chiefland; a sister, Martha Kay of Ocala; and four grandchildren.
There will be a Visitation on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Knauff Funeral Home Chapel in Chiefland and there will be a Graveside Service on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Chiefland Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland (352) 493-4777.

29 MARCH 2016
Donald H. Richburg, “Catfish”, 79, of Cedar Key passed away Monday, March 28th, 2016 at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. Born in Cedar Key, FL, he lived there all of his life. Mr. Richburg served as the Levy County Tax Collector for 24 years. He was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church but also attended the 1st Baptist Church of Chiefland and he was a member of the Chiefland Golf and Country Club. 
Mr. Richburg is survived by his wife, Carol Richburg of Cedar Key; two daughters, Donalene Richburg of Gainesville and Sonya (Derek) Schmidt of Chiefland; a brother, Harry Richburg of Schertz, TX; and two grandchildren, Garrett Schmidt and Meghan Schmidt.
There will be a Visitation on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland. Services will be graveside Friday, April 1st, 2016 beginning at 11:00 am at Cedar Key Cemetery in Cedar Key.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland (352) 493-4777.




December 21, 2015

Retired Major Donald Wilson, 83, of Trenton Florida died December 17, 2015 at Haven House Care Center in Chiefland Florida. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Don was a generous and caring man that knew no stranger, he was a friend to everyone he met.

Don was born on July 22, 1932 in Marion County Indiana and lived in Brownsburg Indiana until joining the US Air Force in 1951 and proudly spent the next 20 years serving our country in the US Military as an Air Force Pilot Air Crew Commander and Inspector.


December 18, 2015

Anna Rae Roberts, 79, of Rosewood died Nov.21, 2015.  She was a past columnist for the Cedar Key Beacon.

Survivors include husband, William P. "Bill" Roberts of Ocala; son, Steven D. "Steve" Monroe of Gastonia, N.C.; daughter, Alice M. McKee of Cedar Key; three stepchildren, Raymond Roberts of Ocala, Donna Leeward of Ocala and Paul Roberts of Ocala; sisters, Mary Lou Monroe of Gainesville, Janet Townsend of Lake City and Joyce A. Marsh of Bronson; brother, Robert M."Bob" Monroe of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will received friends at the funeral home from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland.




December 12, 2015

Doris Bible Kemp, a longtime resident of Cedar Key, passed away Wednesday December 9th at North Florida Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Doris, along with her late husband Jim Kemp, started the Island Hopper Boat Tour and Boat Rental business in 1987. They ran the business together for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Squires of Baxley, GA and three sons Patrick of Trenton, FL, Michael of Manatee Springs, FL and Timothy Bible of Crystal River, FL, as well as 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life memorial will take place on January 2, 2016 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon at the Cedar Key City Park.  A group lunch reservation has been made at Steamers Restaurant. The burial at sea will take place at 4 p.m.




December 12, 2015

HELEN JOHANNESEN of Cedar Key, Florida, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015.  Mrs. Johannesen was 88 years of age but if you asked her, she would tell you 39.    Born to the late Bill and Violet Richburg on November 27, 1927, she joined her big sister ArmieLee, known as Lee Richburg.  They lived their lives between Cedar Key, Florida and Ft. Pierce, Florida.  Having a great childhood with lots of Cousins, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends and outdoor activities.

Helen met and married Leif Johannesen, who took her on many great adventures including raising three children, Pam (Ted) Alexander, William (Teresa) Johannesen and Kim (Malcolm) Worley.  She had many grandchildren and great grands that were the light of her life.  Helen also had lots of nieces, nephews and cousins to round out her family life.  Family was very important to her, you did not have to be blood related, if she bonded with you then you became family!

Besides being a Mom, Sister, Daughter, Nanny, Grandma, Aunt and friend, Helen’s other favorite job was owning and running Helen’s Place on the Big Dock in Cedar Key, Florida, where we think the mullet burger, shrimp burger, clam burger and crab burger were all invented.  She also had great hamburgers, fries, onion rings, fish squares, ice cream and shakes.  She was well known for her style and her positive disposition.  People from all over loved her.  She had true beauty, grace and glamour.

She was a special lady.  She was loved dearly and will be missed greatly by all who ever knew her.  We know the Angels sang when she entered those pearly gates and that we will see her again one day!!

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:00am at Cedar Key Baptist Church, 712-2nd Street, Cedar Key, Florida with Pastor Todd Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Key Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 between the hours of 4 and 6 pm at Langford-Rogers Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, Florida.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Langford-Rogers Funeral Home, 352-493-0050 under the direction of Rick Gooding Funeral Home.




December 11, 2015

Helen Johannesen, former Cedar Key Mayor, died Thursday afternoon.  

Services will be held at the Cedar Key Baptist Church. 

More information will cme as it is received. 




December 11, 2015

Doris Bible Kemp died on December 10, 2015.  Kemp operated the Island Hopper for many years, among other things.

More information will be published as it is received.





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November 3, 2015


Buddy “J.M.” Crevasse III died on Sunday morning at Haven Hospice after a valiant struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Minnie, his sister Peggy, two sons, Beau (Christen) and Bobby (Sarah), his four grandchildren Hunter (7), Colt (5), Jackson (1), and Samantha (8), and several nieces and nephews.

                  Buddy has been a life-long resident of Gainesville where he leaves an indelible contribution of public service.  In 1945, he moved to Gainesville with his parents, Joe and Margaret Crevasse, where they established Crevasse's Florist, a landmark Gainesville business. Buddy was a 1963 graduate of Gainesville High School, and the University of Florida School of Criminal Justice. He joined the Alachua County Sheriffs’ Department in 1967, holding almost every possible office, before his retirement in 2004.  During his 37-year career, he was responsible for courthouse security, evidence, and property warrants, and patrol.   He ended his career as Captain of the Civil Department. He attended the FBI academy in 1972. 

Buddy is credited with starting the Neighborhood Crime Watch program.  Over the course of his illustrious career he was the recipient of numerous citations and awards, including the 1983 and 1984 Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

October 23, 2015


Skeezix, the beloved dog of Nysie Watson, passed away this week, after living a life of love, companionship and good spirits. Skeezix was honored as Cedar Key News "Dog of the Week" in 2009, and we pay tribute to her life.

...Molly Jubitz
Photo 2009 by Molly Jubitz


by Nysie Watson 

After 17 years on this Planet together, with the help of her beloved Doctor Bowker, Skeezix transcended on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

She will be buried under the Holly tree with a little bit of Bob, Van and Holly ashes
She will not Journey Alone.

 OCT 23 skeezix online



First Star on the Right and on till Morning

Look up high to that star lit sky

If you listen closely you will hear a soft sweet sigh

That new trail of twinkling stars is the sparks of her feet as she runs

Right past Mars.

She is free of her earthly bonds she is singing her after life Song

Another dog will never be, a more loyal best friend to me

She Is Set Free

With All Her Dignity

Goddess Bless

-by Nysie Watson




October 13, 2015
Andrew “Andy” Pearson, 21 of Cedar Key, passed away on October9, 2015, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  Andy was born on October 14, 1993, in Gainesville, Florida, and had recently moved to Cedar Key from Chiefland.  His goals were to join the US Military.  He always wanted to be a firefighter and he volunteered for the Chiefland Fire Services.   Andy was passionate about his grandmother, who recently passed away, and his fellow brothers and sisters of the Fire Department.  OCT 13 PEARSON PIC Pearson

Mr. Pearson enjoyed the outdoors, boating, and being an artist who loved to draw fire trucks and engines.  He enjoyed the Florida Gators, loved animals, and his family brought the most enjoyment to his life.

He is survived by his mother, Tammy Kerr of Canon City, Colorado, stepdad Chris Kerr, of Crestview, Florida, his father, Robin Russell of Gainesville, Florida, two sisters Destanie Heslar  of Canon City, Colorado, and Olivia Arce of Sarasota, Florida, a niece, De’Launie and a nephew, Deodrick, both of Canon City, his grandfather, Jimmie Sansbury of Canon City, Colorado, a great grandmother, Bessie Henry of Navarre, Florida, many aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.

A visitation will be on Friday, October 16, 2015, from 5-6 pm and a funeral service will follow at 6 pm at Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements under the care of Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home- 1301 North Young Blvd. Chiefland, Florida  (352) 493-0050.




October 10, 2015

Dorothy Asbell Hardee, 92 of Bronson, FL., passed away on October 8, 2015, quietly with her daughter at her side. She was one day from turning 93. Dorothy was born on October 9, 1922, in Trenton to George and Alma Asbell. Dorothy married John Early Hardee and they raised their family in Levy County.

Dorothy was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Chiefland, FL.  Dorothy enjoyed sewing, flowers and making a lot of quilts. Her family and Church gave her the most enjoyment in life.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ann Banda of Bronson and Barbara Jean (Lewie) Fugate of Williston, her son, John “Wayne” ( Elisa) Hardee of Bronson, one sister, Donnette Robinson of Bronson, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 3pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Chiefland, and burial will follow at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. 





October8, 2015

Myron S. Watson, 65 of Chiefland, Florida passed away October 7, 2015, at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties with his family at his side. Mr. Watson was born in Gainesville on June 16, 1950, to Russell and Ida Mae Watson and lived his entire life in Levy County.  Myron was a Christian Man and member of  the Church of Christ in Chiefland, FL.  Mr. Watson was an umpire for 30 years, a FFA Alumni member, a Lifetime Member of the North American Hunting Club. Myron loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. The most enjoyment in Life was his hunting, fishing and family.

Mr. Watson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dianne Watson of Chiefland, FL., his children, Shane and Angie Watson, Ryan and Kristi Watson all of Chiefland, FL.,  his sisters Prentice ( Jack) Spann of Trenton, FL., Jeanette Murray of Jacksonville, a brother Galen ( Donna ) Watson of Trenton, FL.,  his grandchildren, Kaleb and Kendall Watson, Mylee Ward, several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ida Mae Watson and a son Jon Ryan Watson.

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