WILLIAMS, Rubye L., of Tampa, died March 20, 2002. Mrs. Williams retired from Dale Mabry Elementary School as the Head Custodian. She is survived by four children, Henry, Nicole, Broderick and Karen; 13 grandchildren; two sisters; aunt, Benzena Jackson; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at Ray Williams Memorial Chapel.
Ray Williams Funeral Home, Rhodes & Northern 253-3419.
BAKER, Thelma V., age 92 of Plant City, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2002. Mrs. Baker was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Baker and her son, William Rudolph Baker. Survivors include four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 29, 2002 at 1 p.m. with service to begin at 2 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, with Rev. Hugh Long officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice or a charitable organization. Interment will be at Bethlehem Cemetery, Dover.
Wells Memorial Funeral Home
BALLAS, Michael Jon, age 30, passed away on March 25, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Joan Nance Ballas; his children Beck and Malloree Ballas; his father and stepmother, Peter and Sally Oakes Ballas; his mother and stepfather, Stephanie Crew and Ted Rubbo; his brother, Thomas and wife, Amy; his paternal grandmother, Inge Borg Ballas; his maternal grandmother, Edith Crew; his maternal grandfather, Larry Crew and many other family members. Michael was of the Lutheran faith and enjoyed surfing. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.
BLOUNT CURRY & ROEL Carrollwood Chapel
BENNETT, Ward W., 55 of Riverview passed away March 24, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Linda; son, Matthew; daughter, Kathleen Boardway; brothers, John and Michael; sister, JoAnn Kingsley; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. from the chapel with Rev. Erwin T. June, pastor of Sydney Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening at 6-7:30 p.m. Interment will be in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.
Hamilton Funeral Home
BLENCE, Charles Andrew `Andy`, 20, of Tampa, died March 21, 2002. He is survived by parents, Bruce Blence and Cindi Blence; brother, Greg; grandmother, Becky Blence; one aunt.
BRYAN, John J., 50, of Tampa passed away March 25, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Bryan of Tampa; two sons, John `Jack` Bryan, Jr. and James Bryan; one daughter, Victoria Bryan; his father, Joseph Kulinski; his two sisters, Linda Manning and husband Dennis, and Vera Loftin and husband Eugene, all of Chicago, Ill.; two step-sons, Sean Elders, and Bo Miller and his wife Alex and their daughter Meredith; and sister-in-law, Bonnie White and her husband Charles. Mr. Bryan attended Idlewild Baptist Church, Central Campus and was presently employed with C.P. Ships in Communications. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Idlewild Baptist Church, Central Campus, 2923 N. Tampa St. The family will visit with friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church.
BLOUNT CURRY & ROEL MacDill Avenue Chapel
DENNISON, Clara H., 74, of El Paso, Ill., formerly of New Port Richey, died March 24, 2002. She is survived by son, David; and two sisters, Emma Berlin and Esther Strange.
Holloway Funeral Home
DONO, Elva Jones, 84, of Largo, died March 25, 2002. She is survived by her son, Dennis Jones of Largo. Born in Cannonsburg, Pa., Mrs. Dono was a retired nurses aide.
Holloway Funeral Home
EPERMANIS, Bernhards V., 95, of Odessa, died March 26, 2002. He is survived by son, Juris `George`, and daughter, Dace Reinauer, of Odessa; sister, Marta Jansons; and two grandchildren.
GALPIN, George, 72, of Clearwater, passed away Mar. 16, 2002 at his residence. Survived by a loving family, Mr. Galpin moved to the area from Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1986.
Mark III Funeral Home
GEARY, Tommy `T.J.`, 62 of Odessa passed away March 25, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Rita Geary; three sons, Josh Geary, Leo Geary and Johnny Geary; and one granddaughter, Julia. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the funeral home with interment following at Trinity Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers include, Arthur Pedregal, Artie Pedregal, Joe Maguire, Michael Maguire, Joey Maguire and Jeff Thomas.
BLOUNT CURRY & ROEL Carrollwood Chapel
GILES, James Alfred, Sr., 78 of Rt. 1, Ft. Gaines, Ga., died March 24, 2002 at his residence. The graveside funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from New Park Cemetery, Ft. Gaines, Ga. A former resident of Tampa, Mr. Giles was retired from the Tampa Fire Department as a Paramedic. He was a member of the Tampa Fireman's Association, was a Navy veteran of World War II, and the Korean Conflict and was former Coroner of Clay County, Ga. Survivors include his wife, Frances Moore Giles; a son, James A. Giles Jr., both of Ft. Gaines; a daughter, Carol Elaine Giles of Takoma Park, Maryland; two brothers, John Giles of Ft. Gaines and Carl Jordan Giles of Floyd, Va. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Ft. Gaines Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1, Ft. Gaines, GA 31751.
Lunsford Funeral Home, Cuthbert, Ga. 229-732-2148
GONZALEZ, Gilia, born Oct. 28, 1901, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2002. Originally from Humacoa, Puerto Rico, he has lived in Tampa since 1997. He is survived by son, Luis and daughter-in-law, Juanita Ubiles of Tampa; daughter, Ana Gutierrez of Tampa; grandchildren, Alan and Steve Gutierrez, Michele Exelbirt, David, Cynthia and Luis Ubiles; and great-grandchildren, Miranda, Cynthia, Cyd Marie, Deborah, Louis Michael, Amy Lee, Brittany, Bianca, Christopher and Rachel.
Glass Funeral Home 932-5308
HART, Kenneth F., 35, of Tampa died March 23, 2002. He was born in Tampa and survived by his wife, Sunita S. Hart; daughters, Dayna D. Sookhai, Rayna R. Sookai; brothers, Mark Hart, Alan Hart; sisters, Trisha and Dora.
Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services
HINDERER, Sandra Gail, 54 of Tampa, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2002. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Anne White, and Cherie Lorene Wray; son, James Bradley Wray; stepchildren, Robert Donald Roberts, Richard David Roberts, Richelle Denee Roberts; brother, James Larry Gattis; four grandchildren; and husband, Donald P. Hinderer. Mrs. Hinderer was a native of Douglasville, Georgia and a lifetime member of V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #424. She was retired from the Hillsborough County Court House Administrative Office as Senior Administrative Assistant. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the Blount Curry & Roel, Armenia Chapel, 4730 No. Armenia Avenue. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at
BLOUNT CURRY & ROEL Armenia - A.P. Boza Memorial Chapel
HUNTER, Rutha M., 72, of Tampa passed away March 24, 2002. She is survived by husband, Wilbur; son, Major; daughter Lisa; grandchildren and great grandchildren; and three sisters.
JOINER, Thelma Mary, 84, of Lithia, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002. She is survived by her two sons, Calvin J. Joiner and Randy Joiner; her four daughters, Virginia Whidden, Gwen Albritton, Donna Morrison and Brenda Stratton; her brother, Melvin Albritton; and her sisters, Eva Thompson and Treeta Herndon. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Born in Lithia, she had been a lifelong resident. She was a member of the Dry Prairie Baptist Church and retired after 33 years as a school bus driver for the Hillsborough County School District. Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2002 at the Dry Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Dixon officiating. Interment will follow at Alafia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday (today) at Stowers Riverview Chapel. Flowers will he gratefully accepted or those who wish may contribute to the Dry Prairie Baptist Church Building Fund in her memory.
LINDSTROM, Steven Curtis, 32, of Clearwater, died March 26, 2002. He is survived by include parents, Judith and Thomas Haley; father, Leslie Lindstrom; two brothers; one sister.
Sylvan Abbey F.H.
MARCINKO, Anna W. ,age 97 of Tampa, passed away March 24, 2002. Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia A. Chai and husband, W. Alvin; sister, Joanna W. Barsness; and five grandchildren, Margaret Ann, Marianne E., Michael A. ,Mark J. and Matthew D. Chai. A Funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul, Monday April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Anna W. Marcinko Memorial Fund, c/o Sylvia Chai, 11222 Bloomington Dr., Tampa, FL 33635 in memory of Mrs. Marcinko.
GONZALEZ FUNERAL HOME
NAPIER, Gary Lee, 50, passed away March 23, 2002. Mr. Napier was predeceased by his loving mother, Marjorie Napier. Survivors include his son, Gary Lee Napier; brothers, Russell Lee Napier, Jr. and Ronald Edward Napier, Sr. Mr. Napier was a Christian by faith and a Manager in Hospitality. Gary Lee was fond of his pet dogs, Athena and Tasha who have been his constant companions.
MARK III FUNERAL HOME, 885-5088.