MAY 21, 1946 -- APRIL 30, 2005
HOLLY HILL -- Arthur Perry Singletary, 58, of Ridgewood Avenue, a sales clerk, died Saturday at home.
Mr. Singletary, an Army veteran, was born in Tampa, moved here from Jacksonville in 1977. He enjoyed his cat and being around people.
Survivors include a brother, Clyde Jr., and a sister, Ruth Houghton, both of Jacksonville. Woodward, Holly Hill, is in charge.
JULY 1, 1910 -- APRIL 28, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH -- Ruth R. Taylor, 94, of Tennessee Street, who retired after working many years at elementary schools in the custodial department of the Volusia County School System, died Thursday at Kindred Hospital, Green Cove Springs.
Mrs. Taylor, also a retired cab driver, moved here in 1935 from her native Brownwood, Ga. She was a member of Greater Friendship Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Willie Jr., New York City, and James, Fayetteville, N.C.; and a daughter, Freida Worthen-Wilson, Port Orange. Thompson is in charge.
AUG. 23, 1921 -- APRIL 29, 2005
EDGEWATER -- Jessie L. Caddell, 83, of Boston Road, who with her late husband co-owned and operated the Echo Glen Marina Motel and Restaurant in Tavares, died Friday at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach.
Mrs. Caddell was born in Lee County, Tenn., and moved here in 1987 from Tavares. An avid fisherman and gardener, she also was a renowned cook.
Survivors include two sons, Allen Britt, Oak Hill, and Danny Caddell, Tavares; three daughters, Toni Caddell, Edgewater, June Morris, Hempstead, N.C., and Ruby Embleton, Brooksville; 18 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia - Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Settle-Wilder, New Smyrna Beach, is in charge.
JAN. 22, 1924 -- APRIL 30, 2005
HOLLY HILL -- Sara Claire Burke Haradon, 81, a resident since 1988, died Saturday at Bishops Glen.
Mrs. Haradon, a homemaker, was born in Nashville, Tenn. She was a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Survivors include a son, David, Kennett Square, Pa.; a daughter, Vera Haradon, Germantown, Md.; and two grandchildren. Baggett & Summers, Daytona Beach, is in charge.
MARCH 27, 1955 -- APRIL 27, 2005
SORRENTO -- Mark F. Lishefski, 50, of Wekiva River Road, the son of Orange City resident, Irene Lishefski, died Wednesday at Central Florida Regional Hospital, Sanford.
Mr. Lishefski, an Air Force veteran, was a native of Bayonne, N.J., and moved here in 2002 from Longwood. He was an auto mechanic.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Danielle Tolson, Cassadaga; four brothers, Kevin, Deltona, Wayne, Crestview, Edward, California, and Christopher, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Diane Thompson, Deltona, Renne Lishefski, Sanford; and a grandchild. Allen-Summerhill, Orange City, is in charge.
MARCH 10, 1929 -- APRIL 29, 2005
DELTONA -- Clarence Edger Salyers, 76, of Maltby Drive, who worked in the accounting department of CSX Railroad for 35 years, died Friday at home.
Mr. Salyers, a native of Ironton, Ohio, came here in 1986 from Baltimore. He was a member of Volusia County Baptist Church, Orange City. He was a member of the CSX Capitol Connections-Interchange for 50 years. Mr. Salyers was also a member of the C.B. Moore Lodge No. 176, Baltimore in which he represented 1500 members, was elected for two terms on the board of trustees and served for eight years as chairman of the board.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jacqueline; a son, Doug, Deltona; a daughter, Evelyn Khounlayong, Palm Bay; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Lankford, DeLand, is in charge.
SEPT. 2, 1922 -- APRIL 28, 2005
OSTEEN -- Edith Spencer, 82, of Underhill Branch Road, who retired after 25-years as a pharmacy clerk for Weyman-Black Pharmacy, Ormond Beach, died Thursday at Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach.
Mrs. Spencer was born in Camden Ohio, and moved to Osteen in 2003 from Ormond Beach.
Survivors include two sons, James Schweizer, Tampa, and Michael Spencer, Newcastle, Wyo.; three daughters, Sue Dill, Osteen, Robin Spencer, Ormond Beach, and Vicki Young, Myrtle, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Dudley, New Smyrna Beach, is in charge.
JULY 5, 1915 -- APRIL 29, 2005
PORT ORANGE -- Georgina G. Weiss, 89, of Victoria Gardens Boulevard, a claims department manager for Macys Department Store, New York City, before her retirement, died Friday at Hospice Care Center.
Born in New York City, Mrs. Weiss moved to Port Orange in 2002 from Edgewater, where she was a resident since 1998. She also was a sales clerk in the public relations department of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association.
Survivors include a son, John, Edgewater; a daughter, Doris Robinson, West Hempstead, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia - Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129; or to the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 294 Colony St., Bldg. 2, Meridan, CT 06451. Dudley, New Smyrna Beach, is in charge.
William Morrison, World War II prisoner, 79, dies
ORMOND BEACH -- William "Woody" Morrison, who was liberated as a World War II prisoner of war 60 years ago, died Friday at 79, just months after belatedly being honored by the military.
Morrison, suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease and unable to speak, pointed to his wife Jean in a recent interview as the person who kept him going during his captivity in two prison camps, Stalag 5A and Stalag 13C, and in a food warehouse in Wurzburg, Germany.
"He was a hero as a prisoner of war and also a hero showing courage handling his disease, " said Jean.
Morrison battled Parkinson's disease, but that didn't stop him from expressing his pleasure at finally receiving a Prisoner of War Medal, the Bronze Star and five other military medals on Feb. 21, more than 60 years after serving with the 7th Army in France.
His wife said she was his girlfriend since high school. A Western Union telegram, delivered to Morrison's mother in Washington D.C. on February 9, 1945, reported the 19-year-old Morrison missing in action.
"I did give him my high school ring, which he traded for a loaf of bread in the prison camp, " his wife said.
In his own words, from his military records, Morrison wrote that during his captivity he "suffered from malnutrition, dysentery, frozen feet" and several bombing episodes.
"I was in a freight train being transported from one camp to another. The impact (from one bomb) was so great I was thrown into the air, hitting the ceiling before I landed on the floor, " Morrison wrote.
Later on, he was bombed again while being forced to work in a warehouse.
"Blasts from the explosion came in through the window, hitting the left side of my face, entering my ear and up into my head, " he wrote. "In both instances, especially the second, I experienced excruciating pain."
Morrison never received any medals due him for his service until recently, after a long-time high school friend, Stan Betts of Ormond Beach, got in touch with the military.
"I worked with the Records Department in St. Louis and was frustrated for quite a while because a large fire destroyed the records, " Betts said. "I said, 'Reconstruct the records and get this person his medals, ' and threatened to call my congressman."
The medals arrived and were presented to Morrison at Alterra Sterling House, an assisted living facility, by Jim Tarus, commander of American Legion Post 267, of which Morrison was a member, and by Bruce Hall, commander of American Ex-Prisoners of War.
"It was an honor to do something like that for a fellow veteran, " said Tarus, a Navy veteran of the Korean War. "It should have been done by his commanding officer at the time."
After his release as a war prisoner, Morrison walked for weeks until, near the Danube River, close to Czechoslovakia, he was found on April 28, 1945, by a small patrol of the 99th Division.
After the war, he returned to Washington, married Jean, and went back to a job he had summers during high school, working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southeastern University (Washington D.C.) and became a special agent for the bureau.
"When Woody became FBI, he was transferred to Chicago where we lived for 30 years, " Jean said. At 50, he retired from the FBI and worked as a security director for a food service company until 1991 when the couple moved to Florida.
Morrison was born on Oct. 30, 1925, in Statesville, N.C., but grew up in Washington. He is survived by his son, Robert, Lake Forest, Ill., daughter, Susan Blanchard, Denver, and four grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister, Ruth Stallings, Valrico.
Robert said he was present when his father received the military medals.
"I was unaware that he was entitled to all those medals. I felt very proud of my father, " he said.
Memorial donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Ormond Beach, or to National Parkinson's Foundation, Miami. Haigh-Black, Ormond Beach, is in charge.
JUNE 24, 1927 -- APRIL 29, 2005
EDGEWATER -- Anthony J. Amerosa, 77, of Rio Grande, a chauffeur for the City of New York Parks Department before his retirement, died Friday at Emory L. Bennett Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, Daytona Beach.
Mr. Amerosa, a Navy veteran of World War II, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved here from Fort Lauderdale in 1981. He attended Epiphany Catholic Church, Port Orange, and was a member of Sons of Italy Lodge 2425, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3282 of Port Orange, American Legion Post 17 of New Smyrna Beach, and the Daytona Beach Moose Lodge.
Survivors include two brothers, James, Tampa, and Frank, Staten Island, N.Y. Shannon Maloney, Port Orange, is in charge.