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Clearwater

DODDS, EDWIN A. JR. "RED," 75, of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater. He came here in 1982 from his native Flint, Mich., where he was a third-generation funeral director and co-owned and operated Dodds-Dumanois Funeral Home. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and served as a hospital corpsman. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Ann "Nancy;" sister, Donna Dodds-Hamm, Flint; a niece, Dawn Brindle, London; and a nephew, Jeffrey Hamm, Chicago. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Largo Chapel.

IVERSON, ARNOLD MORRIS, 85, of Port Richey, formerly of Clearwater, died Thursday (July 12, 2001) at Hernando Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. He was born in Willmar, Minn., and moved to Port Richey in 1993 from Clearwater. He owned and operated Iverson Plastering in Clearwater and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Indian Rocks VFW Post 10094, Indian Rocks Beach, and the Minnesota Eagles. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Patton, Port Richey; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.

LIVERMORE, LEWIS P. II, 83, of Dunnellon, formerly of Clearwater Beach, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at Dunnellon. He was born in Astoria, N.Y., and moved to Dunnellon two months ago from Clearwater Beach. He was a retired comptroller for Patchogue Ford, Patchogue, N.Y., and an Army veteran of World War II. He was Catholic. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Catherine; two sons, Lewis P., Marblehead, Mass., and Joseph R., East Meadow, N.Y.; and a daughter, Catherine Walsh, Dunnellon. Veterans Burial and Cremation Society, Clearwater.

MELVIN, PATRICIA ANN, 63, of Clearwater, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. She was born in McKeesport, Pa., and came here in 1990 from Weirton, W. Va. She was a nurse. Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Miller, Clearwater, and Yvonne Sullivan, Palm Harbor; a sister, Jean Suarez; and two nieces, Debbie Suarez and Roberta Suarez, all of McKeesport. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

RINDOCKS, ROLAND R., 76, of Clearwater, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was born in East Chicago, Ind., and came to Clearwater in 1993 from Hammond, Ind. He was an engineer and a certified wastewater treatment plant operator for the state of Indiana, and he retired as maintenance supervisor for LTV Steel Manufacturing Co. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, and a life member of the American Legion in Hammond, Ind. He was listed in Who's Who in the Midwest in 1983. Survivors include his wife, Lillian; four sons, Bruce, Fort Myers, Roland Jr., Hampton, Va., Kurt, Davidson, N.C., and Brian, Hammond; and nine grandchildren. International Mortuary Services, Pinellas Park.

Kenneth City

KENNEDY, ELAINE VELMA, 84, of Kenneth City, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Colonial Care Center. Born in Ottawa, she was an entertainer, musician and dancer. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Largo

SAGER, DR. JEFFREY, 44, of Largo, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. He came here in 1988 from his native Queens, N.Y. He was a cardiologist and a staff member of the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo. He was valedictorian of the 1975 graduation class at Plainedge High School, Massapequa, N.Y., and graduated from the Boston University College of Liberal Arts and College of Medicine. He served his residency in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City. He was a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, a fellow of American College of Cardiology, and a member of the Boston University Alumni Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. He was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater and its Men's Club, and was a former congregation board member. Survivors include his wife, Diana; three daughters, Monica Sager, Talia Sager and Erica Sager, all of Largo; his parents, Lilly and Milton Sager, Dunedin; a sister, Gloria Scharfman, Farmingdale, N.Y.; and several nephews. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel, St. Petersburg.

TOOMEY, JEAN, 83, of Largo, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Sabal Palms Health Care Center, Largo. She was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and came here in 1982 from Cleveland, where she retired as an office manager in an insurance company. She was Catholic. Survivors include three sons, James and Donald, both of Largo, and Phillip, Strongsville, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

VARGO, JOHN D. JR., 51, of Largo, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and came here in 1989 from Canton, Ohio. He retired as a railroad billing and weights clerk. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Survivors include his wife, Terri; two daughters, Jennifer Vargo, Hilton Head, S.C., and Brittany Vargo, Largo; two stepsons, Christopher Lega, Largo, and Michael Lega, Canton; a stepdaughter, Jessica Lega, Tampa; his mother, Patricia Douglas, St. Petersburg; two brothers, Patrick, Thompson, Conn., and George, St. Petersburg; and a sister, Tanya O'Neil, Port Angeles, Wash. Taylor Family Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

WARD, RUTH SHARP, 92, of Largo, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at home. She was born in Pilot Point, Texas, came to Winter Park in 1947 and moved to Largo in the early 1960s. She retired as chief operator after 18 years with the Winter Park Telephone Co. She was an active member of the Orange Lake Village Homeowners Association and Civic Center and president of the village Arts and Crafts group. She was a volunteer for the weekly bingo program and organized several talent shows at the Civic Center. She organized and created the 1981 Orange Village Cookbook, which contained recipes from residents along with notables such as Nancy Reagan and Willard Scott. She was active in the Orange Lake Village Community Church, where she led the choir. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, Order of the Eastern Star, a past president of the Bahia Shrine Ladies Association, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and a poll worker. She enjoyed crocheting afghans and crewel embroidering. Survivors include two daughters, Joan Ahlschwede, Largo, and Ralphine Justice, Hartford, Ala.; two sons, Benjamin, Merritt Island, and Ralph Jr., Norman, Okla.; two sisters, Alma Keowan and Helen Sharp, both of Chattanooga, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory, Belleair Bluffs.

Pinellas Park

FLEEMAN, DONALD K., 64, of Pinellas Park, died Thursday (July 12, 2001) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He came here in February 2001 from Bradenton, where he was the manager of the Manatee Mobile Home Park. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was the past exalted ruler for Elks Club 1662 in Sitka, Alaska. Survivors include his wife, Roberta; two sons, David, Pinellas Park, and Jeremy, Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Julie Kay, Augusta, Ga., and Donnette Lawrence, Columbia, S.C.; a brother, William W. Fleeman, and a sister, Sara Frances McCullough, both of Sarasota; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.

HANNAS, MARION E., 88, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. A Detroit native, she came to Pinellas Park in 1969 from New Boston, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. Survivors include three sisters, Valerie Terreault, Traverse City, Mich., Marvell Kerr, Brighton, Mich., and Shirley Bonenfant, Pinellas Park; and many nieces and nephews. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

ROSENTHAL, MYRNA LEE, 63, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She came here in 1983 from St. Louis Park, Minn. She was a homemaker and was the president of the Mainlands Unit 6 Women's Club. She was a member of the Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minn. Survivors include two sons, Ross Rosenthal and Stephen Rosenthal, both of Lakeville, Minn.; a brother, Laddy Miller, Apollo Beach; and six grandchildren. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.

STEPHENS, BETTY L., of Pinellas Park, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at home. She was born in Clay County, Ind., and came here in 1980 from Greencastle, Ind. She was a homemaker and was Methodist. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary, both in Greencastle. Survivors include a son, Gary, Kissimmee; a brother, Robert Siner of Minnesota; a sister, Sue Knapp, South Bend, Ind.; and a grandson, Brent Stephens, Treasure Island. International Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

St. Petersburg

BLITCH, THE REV. JAMES W., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Jacksonville, he came here in 1978 from Orlando. He was a United Methodist minister and was a member of the Florida United Methodist Conference. He was a captain in the Army and was a veteran of World War II, serving as a chaplain in the Battle of the Bulge and the D-Day landing at Normandy. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Doris C.; a son, the Rev. Kenneth C., Fort Myers; three daughters, Marcia B. Holtzclaw and Linda B. Swindall, both of St. Petersburg, and Eva B. Browning, Brooksville; a sister, Hallie B. Applegate, Pompano Beach; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.

BROUCHER, JAMES LEE, 44, of St. Petersburg and Arlington, Texas, died Thursday (July 12, 2001) at home. He moved here in 1979 from his native Tupper Lake, N.Y. He was a former equipment operator for the Pinellas County Park Department and served as a member of their wild land firefighting team. He was a member of the Florida Institute of Park Personnel. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, LuAnn L.; a son, Derek J., and a daughter, Kelsey L. Boucher, both of Arlington, Texas; his father, Clifford E., Tupper Lake; two sisters, Nancy Gonyea, Tupper Lake, and his twin Jane Lentsch, St. Petersburg; and two brothers, Tom, St. Petersburg, and Anthony, Tupper Lake. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

CLAYTON, EDITH, 76, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Heather Hills Nursing Home of Port Richey. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, she came to St. Petersburg in 1979 from Parkertown, N.J. She was a consumer loans adviser for Florida Federal Savings and Loan in St. Petersburg and an elder at Meadowlawn Presbyterian Church. She was a director of SPIFFS, a secretary of the Rutgers Club of Tampa Bay and a member of the Swiss-American Society of the Suncoast and the summer bowling league of Sunshine Bowl. Survivors include a son, Peter H. Ludwig, Port Richey. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

DePAPPA, ROBERT M., 66, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at home. He was born in Ontario, N.Y., and came here in 1979 from Pontiac, Mich. He was a maintenance worker for St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Largo. Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Victoria Kinney, Hillman, Mich., and Theresa Kraft, Pontiac; a stepdaughter, Linda Olon, St. Petersburg; a sister, Joan Lilly, Waterford, Mich.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. International Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.

DYE, DAVID S., 50, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001). Born in Fort Worth, Texas, he grew up in St. Petersburg, moved to Lakeland in 1983 and returned to St. Petersburg in 1999. He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War. He held a Coast Guard captain's license and was an avid boater. He was a president of Florida Recyling of Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Tina M.; two sons, David S. Jr., Valrico, and William M., Gainesville; two brothers, Kenneth, Clearwater, and Joel, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Rebecca Macneale, St. Petersburg, and Connie Hughes of Maryland; a granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

INES, VICTOR D., 55, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (July 12, 2001) at Fort De Soto Park as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Born in Vallejo, Calif., he came here in 1980 from St. Louis. He was an attorney and a member of the Florida Bar. He was an Air Force veteran who achieved the rank of captain. He was Presbyterian. He was a graduate of the University of Florida Law School, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and the Florida Blue Key and Honor Society. He was an avid golfer, photographer and tennis player. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Ines Bishop, Gainesville, and Sara Ines, Tampa; two sons, Gregory Richard Ines, Gainesville, and Christian Ines, Tampa; his mother, Irene May Ines, Largo; two brothers, Ted, Tarpon Springs, and Bill, St. Petersburg; and a sister, Helen Ines, Malibu, Calif. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 49th Street N Chapel, St. Petersburg.

HARRIS, GEORGE W. JR., of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (July 6, 2001) at Advanced Health and Rehab Services, Clearwater. He came here from his native Tampa in 1961. He was a World War II veteran. He was a member of Collins Temple AME Church. He made mattresses for Southern Comfort Mattress Co. Survivors include his wife, Laura; three sons, George and C.L. Sr., both of Tampa, and Glenn, Jacksonville, N.C.; four stepsons, Clinton Cummings and Willie James Cummings, both of St. Petersburg, and Michael Cummings and Charles Andrew Cummings, both of Aikens, S.C.; three daughters, Belinda Whitman, Beverly Williams and Loretta Moreland, all of Tampa; three stepdaughters, Patricia Dennis, Yvette Heatly and Alicia Cummings, all of St. Petersburg; three brothers, James Harris and Waddell Coleman, both of Panama City, Fla., and Rickey Harris, Tampa; three sisters, Gertrude Harris, Eva Mae Coleman and Weddie Pearl Coleman, all of Panama City; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

KISTE, LINDA D., 56, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Tandem Health Care of St. Petersburg, Seminole. She was a St. Petersburg native and lifelong resident. She was a homemaker and was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, David R.; four daughters, Patty and Gina, both of St. Petersburg, Shauna, Ocala, and Tammy of Ohio; and two grandchildren. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.

LAIN, RICHARD, 67, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (July 13, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born in Elmira, N.Y., and came here in 1996 from Ulster, Pa. He was a laborer for Vandermort Mills in Wysox, Pa., for 20 years. He attended Northeast Christian Church. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Geraldine; a son, Richard Diffenbaugh Jr., and a daughter, Norma Diffenbaugh, both of St. Petersburg; two stepsons, Rex Seymour, East Smithfield, Pa., and Dale Seymour, St. Petersburg; a sister, Joan Russell, Umatilla; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, St. Petersburg.

PERDUE, ROBERT D. "BOBBY," 53, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (July 12, 2001). He came here from his native Morristown, N.J., in 1997. He was a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a carrier for the St. Petersburg Times and an umpire for the American Softball Association. Survivors include a son, Donald J., Roanoke, Va.; a daughter, Robin L. Vargas, Tampa; four sisters, Phyllis Principal, Hopatcong, N.J., Margaret Will, Dover, N.J., Donna Amato, Randolph, N.J., and Mary Boylan, Hudson; a brother, William, Palm Bay; and two grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

SAVAGE, GAIL M., 57, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in St. Petersburg, she returned here from California in 1952 after traveling with her parents for the military. She attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Don J.; and a son, Grant Michael, Largo. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

WATERS, SAMMIE, 61, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at home under hospice care. Born in Arlington, Ga., he came here in May of this year. He was a retired fruit farmer and a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Tampa. Survivors include four brothers, Willie James Webb, Atlanta, and Jack Waters, Rodney Waters and Charlie Waters, all of Tampa; and two sisters, Annie D. Webb, Tampa, and Annie L. Norton, St. Petersburg. Creal Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

SMITH, AVORA SMILEY "VO," 60, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. She came here in 1943 from her native Plant City. She was a custodian supervisor at USF-Bayboro campus. She was a 1959 graduate of Gibbs High School. She was a member of Queen Street Church of God in Christ, where she was the vice president of the hospitality committee and a member of the Special Chorus. Survivors include two sons, Jeffery B. Smith and Bruce A. Smith, a daughter, Regina Speights, her mother and stepfather, Francena and William Crawford Jr., and a brother, Earl Smiley, all of St. Petersburg; a sister, Helen Faison, Plant City; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. McRae Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

WAYMIRE, RAY V., 71, of Venice, Fla., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (July 14, 2001). Born in Anderson, Ind., he came here in 1947 and was a 1948 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in criminology from the University of Tampa and a master's degree in criminology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He joined the St. Petersburg Police Department in 1954 and worked as the director of police operations, the assistant administrator of public safety and the director of the Office of Crime Prevention. He became the chief of police for the Venice Police Department on Nov. 7, 1977. He retired in 1985. While a police officer, he was an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and New College. He was a member of the Venice Yacht Club. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Patricia; a son, James of Florida; twin daughters, Jacqueline Bonsall, Tampa, and Jennifer Denton, Chesapeake, Va.; two stepsons, William Durden, Reno, Nev., and David Durden, Gainesville; two sisters, Alice Barchie and Sue Hogan, both of St. Petersburg; and four grandchildren. Ewing Funeral Home, Venice.

WHITFIELD, TEAUNDRA ELGIRTHA, infant daughter of Tara Whitfield of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (July 12, 2001) at Bayfront Medical Center. Other survivors include four sisters, Brittany Edwards, Jatara Boyd and Charity Harrington, all of St. Petersburg, and Selena Henry, Moultrie, Ga.; three brothers, Adrian Whitfield and Lance Whitfield, both of St. Petersburg, and Jamual Whitfield, Cottonwood, Ala.; and her maternal grandmother, Elgirtha Whitfield, St. Petersburg. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

FISHER, JOHN K. "JACK," 76, of Seminole, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at home. A New York City native, he came here in 1986 from Rome, N.Y. He was a retired plant superintendent for the state of New York, where he worked for 40 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Moose Lodge 1145, the Holiday Isles Elks Lodge 1912 and the Madeira Beach American Legion Post 273. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Arlene K.; a son, Kenneth, St. Petersburg; four daughters, Katherine Allott, Potsdam, N.Y., Eileen Brusger, Sudbury, Mass., Jeanne O'Gorman, Canton, Mass., and Carole Thomas, Largo; and nine grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

HARRISON, FREDERICK GLEN, 83, of Seminole, died Saturday (July 14, 2001) at home. He came here in 1967 from his native Minneapolis. He was retired. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church, Largo. He was a member of the National Association of Fund Raisers and was an avid model train and ship builder. Survivors include two daughters, Ann Reese, Tampa, and Carolyn Veitenheimer, Manchester, N.H.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

LYON, STUART SEARING, 87, of Seminole, died Thursday (July 12, 2001) at Freedom Square Nursing Center, Seminole. Born in Morristown, N.J., he came here in 1979 from Westport, Conn. He was a mechanical engineer for Nach Engineering Co. in Trumbull, Conn., for 39 years. He was a graduate of Cornell University and a life member of Norwalk Boating Club. He was an avid boater, fisherman and gardener. Survivors include his wife, Jewel; a son, Richard, San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Janet Kitelynn, Seminole; a grandson, William Stuart Kitelynn, St. Petersburg; and a granddaughter, Lindsey Jeannette Kitelynn, Seminole. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.

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