TRIPP, Smithy, died October 12, 2001. He leaves a wife, Leona; children, Sharon and Dane. Services are Friday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Aikens Funeral Home
ABBOTT, Raymond B. Jr., 86, of Sun City Center died October 19, 2001 at South Bay Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Irene; two sons, Bruce of Spencerville, Ind. and Duane of Toledo, Ohio; a daughter, Christine of Hillsborough, Calif. and four grandchildren. He retired in 1975 from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel and retired in 1982 from the Owens-Illinois Company as a Research Engineer. He was a member of the Sun City Center United Community Church and The Retired Officers Association. The Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at Sun City Center Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Leone officiating. Interment with military Honors will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Florida National Cemetery. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, San City Center, FL 813-634-9900 .
ARNOLD, Lorelei, 88, of Largo, died October 20, 2001. Survived by son, Walter; daughters, Patricia and Mary; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster F.H.
ATKINS, Edwin P., age 78, a resident of Lakeland and a former resident of Plant City, passed away October 21, 2001 at his home. He is survived by his wife Donna L. Atkins; one son; one brother; one sister; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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BAUTISTA, Marta Evangelia, 66, of Tampa, passed away October 20, 2001 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her three children, Marta Menendez-Lyons and her husband, Randy Lyons, Luis Menendez Jr., and his wife, Diane Menendez, and Alicia Menendez-Tenny and her husband, Steve Tenny; six grandchildren, Joshua Lyons, Alicia Menendez, Stephan Lyons, Alec Menendez, Logan Tenny and Conner Tenny; her mother, Justa Aida Bautista; and nephew, Frank Bautista as well as numerous other family members and loved ones. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Born in Artemisa, Cuba, she came to Tampa in 1970 with her family. She was retired after 26 years with St. Joseph's Hospital pharmacy. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 12 noon from the Chapel of Gonzalez Funeral Home with the Rev. Father Felix Sanchez, Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the chapel of
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BLAND, William, 75, died October 22, 2001 at home in Dover. He is survived by his wife, Janet; four sons, Wesley Bland, Steven Bland, John Misiak and David Smith; five daughters, Diane Pounds, Cheryl Wilson, Pam Brownlow, Michelle Youngman and Sheryl Barnes; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born in Pheonix City, Ala., he moved to this area in 1947. He was a Protestant and a retired Major with the Tampa Police Dept. Visitation will be October 27, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. with services to follow at 4:30 p.m., both at Hillsboro Memorial F.H.
BURKE, Donald C., age 62, of Wesley Chapel, Florida passed away October 20, 2001. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mildred Burke; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Marc LeVine of Tampa, Florida and Catherine and Richard Glick of Fishers, Indiana; grandsons, Thomas and William LeVine of Tampa, Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Jane Burke of Louisville, Kentuck y and Thomas Patrick and Helen Burke of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Allen Bader of Jacksonville, North Carolina and their families. A native of Louisville, Kentucky Mr. Burke graduated from the University of Louisville where he and his wife met. He served in the United States Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and spent his career in management for Sears, Roebuck and Compan y and later the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation. In 1996, he and his wife moved from Indianapolis, Indiana to the New Tampa area where he was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Mr. Burke was an avid fisherman and animal lover. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father John Pruitt officiating. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, October 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9365 US Hwy. 19 N, Suite B, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
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BUTERA, Mary Patricia, 69, of Tampa passed away October 21, 2001. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Joseph Butera, Sr. of Tampa; six sons, Peter Butera of Tampa, Nelson Butera of Valrico, Domenic Butera of Temple Terrace, Joseph Butera, Jr. of Tampa, Gaspar Butera of Valrico and Anthony Butera of Treasure Island; three sisters, Angie Fisher of Apollo Beach, Rose Lewis and Frances Pull ara, both of Riverview; aunt, Emily Burke of Tampa; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St, Tampa, Fla, 33609.
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CLEMENTS, Walter M.,Sr. age 82, of Greenville, Mich. formerly of Lacoochee, Fla. died Saturday, October 20, 2001. He was preceded in death by his wives, Charlotte Elizabeth Oren Clements in 1951 and Catherine Collins Clements in 1996 and also his brothers, Jim and Wilbur and a sister, Louise Wanamaker. Surviving are his son, Marty and Kathy Clements of Gowen, Mich.; his step-daughters, Joanne M attheus of Conyers, Ga. and Darlene Brown of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was born September 4, 1919 in Abbeyville, Ga. the son of George M. and Lelia Mae Sutton Clements. He was an engineer with the Seaboard Coast Line now GSX Railroad for 38 years and was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Army and served in the US Army Reserves as a Chief Wa rrant Officer. He was a member of the San Antonio Community Church in San Antonio, Fla., was a 32nd Degree Mason, a former Shriner and for many years was a major blood donor with more than 29 gallons donated. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2001 from 1st Congregational Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Cobbtown, Ga. Memorials may he given to San Antonio Community Church. Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family.
CONRAD, Lois L., 94 of Lakeland, died October 18, 2001. She is survived by a grandson, Jeffrey Conrad of Raleigh, N.C. and a niece, Patricia Brown of Fincastle, Va.
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CONTE, Samuel `Sam`, age 83 of Tampa, passed away October 21, 2001. He was preceded In death by his two brothers and three sisters and is survived by his sister, Mary Napoli; companion, Mary Wilson and many nieces and nephews. A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, Mr. Conte was co-owner of S. Conte Grocery Store in Robert City for more than 40 years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a U.S . Army veteran of World War II. He served from January 1943 to November 1945 in the Pacific Operation Area. He was awarded the Purple Heart for Bravery and was wounded in action. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Mr. Samuel Conte. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Gonzalez Funeral Home, with Re v. Dr. B.J. Spoto-Russell officiating. Entombment will follow in the Italian Club Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the chapel of
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CROSSMAN, Sr., Kenneth G.,75, of Lakeland, died October 18, 2001. Survived by wife, Florence; two daughters; one son; three sisters; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Heath Funeral Chapel.
DiBITONTO, Mario, 77, of Brandon, died October 18, 2001. He was a Marine Engineer in the Navy. He is survived by his two sons, Stephen W. DiBitonto of Brandon and Richard P. DiBitonto of Seffner; one brother, Anthony DiBitonto of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Tina Liggieri of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Madeline DiBitonto of Vero Beach, Fla.
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DOUGLAS, Jr., Robert L., 74, of Apollo Beach, died October 20, 2001. Survived by wife, Maxine; four sons; three sisters; one brother; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Palms Funeral Home.
ELLIS, Robert George, 86, of Lakeland, died October 20, 2001. Survived by wife, Betty E. Ellis; one daughter; one son; one brother; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Heath Funeral Home.
FECKLEY, Helen Mae, 100, of Winter Haven, died October 20, 2001. Survived by daughter; brother; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Ott-Laughlin F.H.
GRANTHAM, Rhoda M., 72, of Seminole, died October 20, 2001. Survived by son, Charles; daughters, Sandra and Rhonda; one brother; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster
HAMILTON, Marian Hazel, 90 of Riverview went home to be with her Savior on October 20, 2001. She is survived by her devoted husband of sixty-five years, Guilford Edwin; son, Ronald Hamilton and his wife Patricia of Arivaca, Ariz.; daughter; Karen McKlemurry; grandsons, William Hamilton of Hereford, Ariz., David Hamilton of Arivaca, Ariz. and Kenneth Fuller of Brandon; 13 great-grandchildren; si sters, Dorothy Deardorff of Los Angeles, Calif. and Gertrude Howard of Klamath, Ore. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Services will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Ray Lindsay officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:15 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to United Ministries Fellowship, Mexico Ministries or LifePath Hospice.
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HENSON, Robert Ray, Sr., 78 of Land O' Lakes, died Sunday, October 7, 2001 at University Community Hospital, Tampa. Survivors include six sons, Gregory of Lutz, Clifford of Spotsylvania, Va., Bryan, Neil and Robert Jr. of Tampa, and Phillip of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Karen Marquis and Kristine Sivia of Land O' Lakes; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Born in Hardin, Ky., he cam e to Land O' Lakes 31 years ago from Branch Hill, Ohio. He was a retired machinist with Reynolds Metals (Old Dude); served in the Pacific during World War II with the USAAF; and was a former Commander with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-09. His pasions in life were his children, his automobiles and fishing.
HINCHEE, Warren D., 79, of Clearwater, died October 21, 2001. Survived by wife of 43 years, Dorothy; one son; five daughters; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster F.H.
MCDONALD, Katherine E., of Odessa, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2001, at her home. Survivors include her husband, Frank; two sons, Patrick and Michael both of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Mary Catherine Peterson of Spokane, Wash.; one brother, Leroy Osborne of Sharpsburg, Ga.; two sisters, Eleanor Odom of Florence, S.C. and Carolyn Hammond of Newberry, S.C. and one grandchild. She was born in Summerton, S.C. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 26, 2001 at 12:00 Noon at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 15520 N. Blvd., Tampa. The Interment will follow at the Florida National Cemetery
in Bushnell. The family will receive friends on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Loyless Funeral Home, 5310 Land O' Lakes Blvd, Land O' Lakes, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her memory, to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center for Blood and Marrow Transplant, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, Fl. 33612
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MURRAY, Robert Eugene, 80, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Sun City Center, passed away on October 18, 2001 in Atlanta. He is survived by his daughters, Nancy J. Murray of Denver, Colo., Judy A. Murray of Hattysburg, Miss. and Susan M. Hilscher of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2001 at United Community Church in Sun City Center.
POUNDS, Judy, 61, of Valrico passed away Tuesday October 16, 2001. She is survived by her family and many friends. A Memorial service will be held Friday, October 26, 2001 from 2:00 til 5:00 p.m. at Tampa General Hospital 3rd floor Conference Room B301.
PURVIS, Charles, 67, of Tampa, died October 15, 2001. Survived by daughter, Sameria and son, Dernum, both of Indiana. Williams & Sons Funeral Home, (813) 238-9610 .
ROWELL, Garry, 80, died at home in Plant City, on October 21, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; two sons, Mark Rowell and Glenn Rowell; three daughters, Karen Lovell, Linda Hall and Laura Rowell; one sister, Catherine Davis and six grandchildren. Born in Indian Trail, N.C., he moved to this area in 1945. He was a Baptist and a retired phone company fleet administrator. Graveside services will be at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens on October 24, 2001 at 12:00 p.m.
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RUSSELL, Elbert N., Jr, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2001. He is survived by his son, Leon Russell of Woodstock, Ga.; daughter, Sheila Jo Warren of Lithia, Fla.; two brothers, Alfred Russell of Stuart, Fla. and Cledus Russell of Tennessee; two sisters, Pauline Taylor of Bradenton, Fla. and Betty Overstreet of Havana, Fla.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Russell was a m ember of Tampa Bay Community Church. Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Bay Community Church with interment to follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
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SIMS, Ethel, 87, of Ruskin, passed away October 21, 2001. She was a homemaker and the widow of Houston Sims. She is survived by her son, Melvin Sims and his wife, Dee, of Ruskin; three sisters, Elsie Crenshaw, Melba Ryder, both of California and Mildred Warner of Ruskin; three grandchildren, Debbie Daniels and her husband James, Melvin E. `Chip` Sims, and Beth Howard and her husband Scott, all of Ruskin; two great-grandchildren, Jaime Daniels and Hannah Sims; a daughter-in-law, Patty Sims and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Sims was born in Erwin County, Georgia and came here in 1937. Graveside funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday in Ruskin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to LifePath Hospice.
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