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Old 07-30-2009, 10:18 AM
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PFC Donald "Wayne" Vincent

Born 4/17/1983 in Slidell, LA- Died 7/25/2009 from injuries sustained on a battlefield in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Wayne lived most of his life in Gainesville, Florida. He attended Talbot Elementary School, Ft. Clarke Middle School and graduated from Gainesville High School In 2001. Following high school he trained and worked as an electrician and in food services for Subway and Melting Pot.

In 2008 Wayne joined the Marine Corps. He graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, SC and was thereafter stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Wayne deployed to Afghanistan May 19, 2009, and was an assaultman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, Sth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Wayne was a member of Grace Baptist Church In Gainesville, FL.

Wayne was a loving family member, loyal friend, brave Marine, avid fisherman and hunter. He loved life. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his grandparents Cecil Vincent of Meridian, MS, Robert (Pete) Bradley and Julia Bradley of Jacksonville, FL; his uncle and namesake Donald Wayne Vincent, Meridian, MS; his aunt Mary Ellen Hughes of Orange Park, FL.

Wayne is survived by his grandmother Victoria Vincent Love, formerly of Meridian, Ms, currently of Gainesville, FL; his parents Lee and Betty Sue Vincent of Gainesville, FL; siblings Rodney Vincent and his wife Cathy of Marietta, Ga, Jeffrey Vincent and his wife Charis of Locust Grove, GA, Julia Havener Doyle of Charleston, SC; nephews Lee and Jonathan Doyle; nieces Jolene Doyle and Marlie Vincent; Uncle Harold and Aunt Lenelle Akin of Collinsville, MS; Great Aunts and Uncles: Judy Mihlfeld of Gainesville, FL; Bessie Carter of Winder, GA, Gladys South of Indianapolis, IN, Beryl Mihlfeld of Grand Ridge, FL, Claude and Coleene Vincent of Meridian, MS, Eileen McGuire of Meridian, MS; many cousins: David Akin, Kim Duncan, Kelly Hughes, Cari Nunes, Mark Hughes and Jason Mihlfeld; two best friends , who were as close as brothers, Ian Walters and Tim Vazquez. The list could go on and on due to his numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 11am at Westslde Baptist Church, 10000 Newberry Road, with Pastors Jim Riley and Bill Grindstaff officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Central. The family will receive friends on Monday, August 3, 2009 from 5:30-7 pm at WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA FUNERAL HOME, 823 NW 143rd Street.

Ian Walters, Tim Vazquez, Jason Mihlfeld, Mike Pittman, Bob Schwab, and Mike Harrison will serve as Honorary Pall Bearers.

In lieu of flowers, please give to your favorite charity, in Wayne's name, or to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 7100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA
(352) 376-7556
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