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HILLSBOROUGH OBITUARIES

BRENDEL, COURTNEY PAIGE, infant daughter of Angela and Alan Brendel of Tampa, died Saturday (March 15, 1997) at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born in Tampa and was Christian. Other survivors include a sister, Nikki Brendel, Tampa; and a stepsister, Sharon Brendel, New Jersey. Mark III Family Funeral Home, Town N' Country Chapel.

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CARSON, RALPH K. SR., 82, of Tampa, died Sunday (March 16, 1997) at home. He was born in Georgia and came here in 1938. He was mechanical contractor in the refrigeration industry. He was a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and the Egypt Shrine Temple, and was a past member of the Sunshine Chapter Florida Knights, a barbershop quartet. Survivors include two sons, Ralph "Kit" Jr., Tampa, and Monty L. Sr., Rowlett, Texas; a sister, Frances Flournoy, Macon, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.

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KASS, THOMAS C., 70, of Tampa, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at home, under the care of Hospice of Hillsborough. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and came here in 1967. He was retired from Firestone. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of the University of Iowa. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was an active board member of the Plantation, was a guardian ad litum, and was an active hospital volunteer who earned the nickname "Tom Terrific." Survivors include nieces and a nephew, Dr. Elise Kegley, Tampa, Lynn Myers and Amy Chope, both of Miami, Susan Rolls, Sebastian, Julia Brithorn, Tennessee, and Robert Kass, Maryland; and 10 great-nieces and nephews. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

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PORTER, GERALDINE J., 83, of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 1997) at University Village Nursing Center. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and came here in 1992 from Winter Haven. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau sorority, was Qualified Director ACBL and was a member of the Tampa Memorial Society. Survivors include two sons, Donald A., New Canaan, Conn., and William A., Sarasota; a brother, Harry Joiner, Richmond, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mark III Family Funeral Home, Town 'N Country Chapel.

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SPIELMAN, LESLIE "LES" B., 77, of Tampa, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at University Community Hospital. A lifelong resident, he was a retired captain from the City Tampa Fire Department with 27 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 754 and was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Eunice V.; a brother, Earl F., Hernando; and a sister, Dorothy Mae Parlier, Tampa. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.

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TAGLIARINI, FRANCES LAURA, 80, of Temple Terrace, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at University Community Hospital. A Tampa native, she was a medical secretary for the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority with 43 years of service. She was a member of La Nuova Sicilia Lodge 1251 and was Catholic. Survivors include her sister, Lillie R. Tagliarini, Temple Terrace; and a niece. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Armenia Chapel, Tampa.

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WALKER, SOLOMAN "SOL," 81, of Tampa, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at Tampa General Hospital. He was born in St. Louis and came here in 1925. He was the owner/operator of Sol Walker & Co. for 55 years, the owner of Stalnaker Farm and Ranch Supply Limited, and the owner of Gulf Coast Recycling. He was Jewish and past president and member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. He was an associate member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and its Men's Club, was one of the founders of Hillel School and was board member of the Jewish and Mary Walker Towers. Survivors include his wife, Carol; two daughters, Deborah Walker Hill and Cynthia Walker Midulla, both of Tampa; a brother, Irving Oster, Tampa; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Beth David Funeral Chapel, Tampa.

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WILLIAMS, JOHN "RUDY" L., 88, of Tampa, died Tuesday (March 18, 1997) in Tampa. He was born in Tupelo, Miss., and lived most of his life in the Tampa area. He was the owner of Williams Drug Store and was co-founder of Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of John Darling Masonic Lodge 154 F&AM, the Tampa Scottish Rite and the Egypt Shrine Temple. He was an avid golfer and a member of Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Corene; two daughters, Delores Badnin, Mabane, N.C., Kitty Taylor, Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Orine Cooper, Tampa; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

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