Stephen A. McClintick, age 70, died peacefully at his home in Cedar Key, Florida, on July 16, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born on May 5, 1944, in Anderson, Indiana, to Theodore and Mary (Deakyne) McClintick, and he graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1962. He worked at Delco Remy until retiring in 1987, after 25 years.
Steve was an avid golfer and a member of the Chiefland Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his sons, Stevie (companion Jahn), and Ted (wife Natalie), daughter Melissa, step-daughter Melanie (husband Bart) Smith, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 6-8 pm on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland, Florida. Burial will be at Brookside Cemetery in Lapel, Indiana, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050 is honored to serve the McClintick family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.
Pensive, reflective moments were part of the highly expectant curriculum and Advisor Janeice Smith when the Cedar Key School Safety Patrol traveled to Washington, D.C. this summer.
The group’s busy days ended with a “hall meeting” each evening when students recorded what impressed them the most that day. The first day’s reflections are rich and spirited.
The second day’s visits included Arlington Cemetery, the Kennedy gravesites, the Eternal Flame, the Changing of the Guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pentagon Mall, and the “Twilight Tattoo”, a tribute to our military performed by the U.S. Army at Ft. Meyer. The second day’s reflection was provocative.
The third day’s travels included Mt. Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s home and the Smithsonian.
This “trip of a lifetime,” becomes richer with afterthought.
The Cedar Key Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host Museum on Main Street, which will be taking place from September through October of 2014. Funded in part by the United States Congress, MoMS combines the talents of the Smithsonian Institution, the state humanities councils, and local organizations to bring national and local heritage to small communities across the United States.
The physical exhibit, which is titled “The Way We Worked”, explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Cedar Key Public Library, and will be open to the public free of charge.
During this event, we plan to showcase the history of our community by offering a public program consisting of weekly tours and presentations led by our local citizenry. We will be kicking off the program with a reception at the CKHS Museum, co-hosted by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association.
During the first week of the program, Pam Darty, park ranger with the SUFWS Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, will be conducting tours of Shell Mound, a large prehistoric Indian mound on the mainland, just off the Cedar Keys.
During the second week Toni Collins, local historian, author, and storyteller, will provide a unique historic perspective of our offshore keys. Dressed in period costume, she will also lead a tour of the Cedar Keys Light Station.
In the weeks to follow there will be local tours offered by the Cedar Key Historical Society, as well three ongoing art exhibits sponsored by the Cedar Key Arts Center. Leslie Sturmer, UF shellfish aquaculture specialist will introduce our clam farming industry with talks and tours of our local facilities. These are just a few of the exciting events we have planned for next fall.
We are certain that this program, with its national exposure, will bring recognition to our rich history, but will also attract increased visitation on a significant scale.
Thank, Ken Young – President, Cedar Key Historical Society
Helen Bishop, age 96, of Cedar Key, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 26, 1917. She was raised in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1987. She was a Christian. Helen really loved family parties and eating. She believed in praying and healing. Helen is described by her family as a real “people person.”
She is survived by children Lilly Rooks and Cheryl Richburg, both of Cedar Key, Rhonda Trump of Canton, Ohio, Jimmy Bishop of Hudson, Florida, and Joseph Bishop of Cedar Key; brother Pete Scantley of Chicago; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Cedar Key Cemetery on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11am.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 North Young Boulevard, Chiefland, Florida 32626, 352-493-0050. On-line condolences may be sent through our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.
Ginnah Howard is local, a Cedar Key author and poet.
Book 1 of the trilogy, Rope & Bone, is now available in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/ Rope & Bone's thirty-four stories span the years from 1946 to 1993 and act as a kind of prequel to Night Navigation and Doing Time Outside. These stories are told in the voices of all of the members of both families: the Merricks and the Morlettis. They all get a chance to give their "take" on their formative years. Do check my revised Web site just completed by the web designer, Marianne Mukai of Delhi: http://www.ginnahhoward.com/
The Cedar Key Garden club is pleased to designate the Jack Tyson Memorial Garden at the Cedar Key Historical Society as the July 2014 Garden of the month.
The memorial garden is a wonderful and peaceful place of respite. It is anchored by a very old cedar tree that has a lot of “character” surrounded by ferns and caladiums, and a bench for relaxing. As you come into the garden there's a beautiful blooming red crêpe myrtle tree and a giant knockout rose on the left. Bright yellow lantana add a sense of festivity to the landscape. A giant staghorn fern hangs under a shaded cupola. The garden contains numerous butterfly plants, impatiens, various types of caladiums, beautiful pink and yellow hibiscus, plumbago and Confederate jasmine.
Congratulations to the Cedar Key Historical Society for maintaining such a beautiful and welcoming garden in memory of Mr. Jack.
Eugene "Gene” Randolph Hodges, Sr.
Former Florida State Representative Eugene “Gene" Randolph Hodges, Sr. (age 77) passed away at his treasured Gulf Hammock hunting camp on Sunday, July 6th, 2014.
A 1954 graduate of Cedar Key High School, Gene served four years in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he returned to Cedar Key, worked as a commercial fisherman, ran the local hardware store, and was a food inspector for the Department of Agriculture. He held many positions in the Florida Government from 1972 to 1988, including being a member of the Florida State House Representatives, a Legislative Representative, and a member of the Florida Parole Commission. He also served his town of Cedar Key as Fireman, City Judge, and Police Chief. During his term in the Florida House of Representatives, Gene played an integral part in creating a bill which provided funding for rural schools, allowing Cedar Key School to reopen its doors and to remain open.
After his retirement in 1996, he continued to serve in local politics as mayor and city council member of his hometown. As a fourth generation Floridian, Gene was passionate about his beloved family hunting camp in the Gulf Hammock woods, where he spent much of his time ensuring that it remained an enjoyable gathering place for family and friends. He also loved the water and all it had to offer, including fishing and lobster diving. He preferred all of these activities surrounded by his family, who were his true passion.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Jones Hodges of Cedar Key, Florida, his three children, Randy Hodges and wife Debbie, Michael Hodges and wife Anna, Gina Tovine and husband Bill, step-daughter Jamie Naff, an adopted son and grandson Bobby Trammell, his sister Nancy Duden and husband Don, and his brother Hal Hodges and wife Karen. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of their children, Frances Knight Hodges. Gene has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland on Thursday, July 10, from 6-8 pm. The funeral service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Cedar Key on Friday, July 11, at 10 am, followed by a graveside service at the Cedar Key Cemetery. A reception at the Cedar Key Community Center will follow the services.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Gene’s memory to the United Methodist Church of Cedar Key Building Fund, P.O. Box 338 Cedar Key, Florida 32625.
For January, I would like to have a show of the fine works of art and craft found in the homes of area collectors. I would like to have those of you who own art work, paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs or fine craft and would be willing to visually share those pieces with the rest of the community and our visitors to Cedar Key. We would like to display the work from January 10 to February 1, 2015.
We have space for at least 30 pieces and maybe a few more depending on the size of the pieces submitted. The art work may be for sale; if for sale, it must have a price indicated. If the art is not for sale, it must be marked NFS. All art work must be ready to hang with your name, title of the piece and price or NFS clearly indicated on the back. Your name will not be used on the exhibit card identifying the piece unless requested.
If you are interested in lending to this show, could you please let me know, ASAP. If you are, we will send you an exhibition contract.