ABADEEN, CLARENCE, 71, of Tampa, died Tuesday (May 16, 2000) at a local hospital. Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, he came here in 1971. He was a laborer and a minister. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Jean; a son, Collin; three daughters, Marienella Buntin, Lilleth Griffin and Olvar Abadeen; and 11 grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.
ARENTH, DOLORES, 75, of Tampa, died Sunday (May 21, 2000) at home. Born in Freeland, Pa., she came here in 1946. She was a homemaker, volunteered at Villa Madonna School, was a former Brownie leader, and a homeroom mother at Sacred Heart Academy. She was Roman Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Chuck; three daughters, Diane O'Steen Sitton, Seffner, Theresa "Terri" Childers, Lithia, and Charlene Janelle Lehman, Mobile, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Marsicano-B. Marion Reed Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.
HUMPHRIES, CHANDLER, infant son of Robert and Alisha Humphries, died Saturday (May 20, 2000) in Holiday. He was born in Tampa and was a Baptist. Survivors include his grandparents, the Rev. Bob and Kay Humphries, Tampa; and his grandmother, Kathy Rodriguez, Wesley Chapel. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
JACKSON, GEORGE EDWARD, 58, of Tampa, died Sunday (May 21, 2000) at home while under LifePath Hospice care. Born in Tampa, he lived here all his life. He was a communications technician and a veteran. Survivors include two sons, George and Jeffrey T.; a daughter, Denise Gray Haynes; a sister, Bertie "B.J." Gray Herring, Tampa; and seven grandchildren. Mark III Funeral Home, South Tampa Chapel.
JACKSON, WILLA D., 75, of Plant City, died Friday (May 19, 2000) at home. Born in Thomasville, N.C., she came here five years ago from Okeechobee. She was a greeter at Wal-Mart. She was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Jesse R., Fort Lauderdale; a daughter, Judith A. Tharp, Plant City; two sisters, Ruby Smith, Thomasville, N.C., and Lillie Hilton, Lexington, N.C.; three grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.
KROPFF, WILLIAM "BILL," 46, of Plant City, died Saturday (May 20, 2000) at home. Born in Akron, Ohio, he came here in 1982. He was a computer technician for Polk County schools. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Plant City. Survivors include his wife, Theresa; a son, Donald; three daughters, Christine Kropff, Jennifer Gartin, Tampa, and Amanda Gartin, Plant City; and a sister, Glenda Welborn, Denver, N.C. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.
MELTON, WILLIAM H. JR., 77, of Plant City, died Saturday (May 20, 2000) at South Florida Baptist Hospital. Born in Harvey, Ill., he came here in 1963 from Corydon, Ind. He was an automobile mechanic, a World War II Army veteran, a member of the American Legion and a Methodist. Survivors include two sons, David R., Plant City, and Jeffery L., Lithia; a brother, Richard, Illinois; two sisters, Janice Rhoads, Plant City, and Clara May Pinaire, Indiana; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.
SHIFFLETT, JAMES E., 69, of Seminole, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (May 21, 2000) at Bay Pines. He was born in Stubenville, Ohio. He served 26 years in the Air Force. He was a member of Pathways Community Church. Survivors include his wife, Penny C.; four sons, James R. Shifflett, St. Petersburg, Steven S. Crowther, Bonita Springs, Gary W. Shifflett, Boulder, Colo., and David Crowther, Atlanta; three daughters, Dianne E. Alleman, Seminole, Susie Aquero, Tampa, and Wendy Cawthorne, Seminole; 17 grandchildren; and two grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.
SPOTO, SAM, 89, of Tampa, died Sunday (May 21, 2000) at Lakeshore Villas. Born in Tampa, he lived here all his life. He was a retired owner of a shoe repair business in Hyde Park. He was a member of the Shoe Repairman's Association and a former member of the Italian American Club and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Victor, Safety Harbor, and Joe, Tampa; a daughter, Connie Spoto Walter, Tampa; a brother, Tony Spoto, Tampa; a sister, Jenny Castellano, Tampa; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.
WARD, DORA ELLEN, of Pompano Beach, formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (May 20, 2000) in Pompano Beach. Born in Susie, Ky., she left Tampa seven years ago. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Tampa. Survivors include a son, Jerry, Springport, Ind.; two daughters, Myrtie McCubbins, Pompano Beach, and Alberta Lewis, Sarasota; a sister, Nora Reno, New Castle, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Nebraska Chapel, Tampa.
WHITEHEAD, ESSIE R., 87, of Riverview, died Saturday (May 20, 2000) at home. Born in Pinellas County, she lived in the area all her life. She was a schoolteacher and Protestant. Survivors include a son, John, Brandon; a daughter, Faye Huskins, Las Vegas; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.
WHITE, PATRICIA M., 53, of Tampa, died Sunday (May 21, 2000) at St. Joseph's hospital. Born in Boston, she came here in 1970. She worked at the MacDonald Training Center. Survivors include three sisters, Joan White, Tampa, Elizabeth McGonagle, Wollaston, Mass., Nancy Morgan, Palm Harbor; and four brothers, Thomas White, Weymouth, Mass., John J. White, North Carver, Mass., James White, Quincy, Mass., and Paul White, Hingham, Mass. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Armenia Chapel, Tampa.