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HILLSBOROUGH OBITUARIES

ADAMS, WILLARD P. "BILL," 81, of Tampa, died Saturday (June 24, 1995) in Tampa. He was born in Godwin, N.C., and came here in 1957 from Dearborn, Mich. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marines and a member of the Carpenter's Union Local No. 140. Survivors include his wife Sylvia; one sister, Pearl Hutaff, Lumberton, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. Curry & Son Funeral Home, Tampa.

ALBERS, IRA EDWARD "POPS," 67, of Tampa, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) in Tampa. He was born in Giddings, Texas, and came to Tampa 40 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. He was a retired truck driver and was a Navy World War II veteran. He repaired and rebuilt bicycles and worked at the Funland Flea Market. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Clara; two sons, Charles Albers, Buffalo, N.Y., and Steven Michael Holmes, Brandon; three daughters, Linda Lee, Buffalo, N.Y., Nancy Sanney, Brandon, and Dixie Liberty, Temple Terrace; and six grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

COOK, ELIZABETH "BETTY" CLAYTON, 71, of Lithia, died Thursday (June 22, 1995) in Seminole. She was born in Three Rivers, Mich., and came here in 1949. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, and a crossing guard at Yates Elementary School for 23 years. She was a former Girl Scout leader in Brandon and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include three sons, Walter L., Lithia, Robert C., Valrico, and Thomas V., Houston; one daughter, Sandra A. Cook of Houston; a sister, Margaret Robertson, Belleair Beach; and three grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Homes, Brandon.

HOLYOKE, FRED H., of Tampa, died Friday (June 23, 1995) in Tampa. He was born in West Bridgewater, Mass., and came here in 1951 from Brockton, Mass. He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from University Community Hospital Food Service Department and he was a Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two sons, Gary and Kurt, both of Land O'Lakes; one daughter, Karen Pelham, Land O'Lakes; and six grandchildren. F. T. Blount Co. Funeral Home, Lutz.

HUFF, MARY JANE, 91, of Tampa, died Tuesday (June 20, 1995) in Tampa. She was born in Bay City and came to Tampa in 1942 from Illinois. She was a Baptist. Survivors include one daughter, Erna "Huffie" Santos of Tampa; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. Curry & Son Funeral Home, Tampa.

LAXTON, FRENCH EDWARD "ED," 64, of Gibsonton, died Saturday (June 24, 1995) at home. He was a native of Matewan, W.Va., and lived in Tampa since 1962. He was the owner of Laxton Industries since 1983 and a member of the Church of God. Survivors include his wife Isabel; four sons, Danny, Gibsonton, and French Jr. and Virgil Lee, both of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Wayne, Minford, Ohio; four daughters, Linda Justice of West Virginia, Melody Adkins, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Kimberly Morris and Shannon Fickey, both of Gibsonton; his father, David Laxton, West Virginia; one brother, Virgil Lee, Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Maxine Miller of Mobile, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., Riverview.

MARRETTA, ZENAIDA S., 77, of Brandon, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at home. She was a lifetime resident of Hillsborough County, a member of the First Christian Church of Brandon and a nurse. Survivors included her son, Father Thomas, Endicott, N.Y.; daughter, Myra McLeod of Brandon; a brother, Victor Santisteban, Tampa; a sister, Oneida Cothran, Tampa; and four grandchildren. Stowers Brandon Chapel, Brandon.

MAY, SARAH TAYLOR, 68, of Tampa, died Friday (June 23, 1995) in Tampa. She was born in Augusta, Ga., and came here in 1993. She was a Baptist. Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Green of Land O'Lakes, and Susan Skeens, Jackson, S.C.; two sisters, Frances Louise Skillman, Hephzibah, Ga., and Minnie Lee Price, Augusta, Ga.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. F. T. Blount Co. Funeral Home, Tampa.

MILTON, ROBERT D., 43, of Tampa, died Sunday (June 18, 1995) in Hillsborough County. He was a lifelong resident of Tampa and a Baptist. Survivors include his mother, Johnnie E., Tampa; two sisters, Bonnie Milton and Jacque Pritchard, both of Tampa; one half brother, Tommy Planes, Norcross, Ga.; and one half sister, Betty Bedami, Tampa. F. T. Blount Co. Funeral Home, Tampa.

WILSON, ROY DENNIS, 65, of Tampa, died Friday (June 23, 1995) at James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa. He was lifelong resident of Hillsborough County and was the former owner of Wilson's Restaurant in Riverview. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a member of the Disabled American Veterans No. 110 and the American Legion Post No. 148. He was a Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Alice Lillian; five sons, Rayce, William, Roy Jr., and Henry, all of Tampa, and Leroy, Kansas; four daughters, Joanna Wilson, Gail Weaver, and Susie Sexton, all of Tampa, and Laura Rosenberg, Connecticut; seven brothers, Robert, Tennessee, Ray Dale and Chris, both of Bonifay, and Frank, Loy, Dempsey and Harry, all of Tampa; three sisters, Betty Jo Heath and Willie June Ruyon, both of Plant City, and Evelyn Gail Morath of Tampa; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., Riverview.

WILSON, WOODROW, 78, of Zephyrhills, died Friday (June 23, 1995) in Zephyrhills. He was born in Pasco Station and moved to Tampa in 1935. He retired from Western Union after 30 years of service. He was a member of A. W. Windhorst Lodge No. 185 F & AM and was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Mary St. Amant; two sons, James M. of Zephyrhills and Randall L. of Thonotosassa; three sisters, Kathyrn Gillette, Bradenton, Myrtle Tillis, Tampa, and Rachel Guthrie, Lutz; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa.

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