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OBITUARIES

BLALOCK, WILLIAM CLINTON, 89, of Inverness, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday (March 25, 2002) at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in Coleman, he came here 18 years ago from St. Petersburg. He was a retired master electrician and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of International Brotherhoold of Electrical Workers Local Union 308 and a 55-year member of Nitrum Masonic Lodge 188, both of St. Petersburg. He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ada Rose (Ladson); a son, Thomas, Hernando; a sister, Margaret Brown, Oxford; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

BROWN, BARBARA J., 72, of Dunnellon, died Friday (March 22, 2002) at Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal River. Born in Quincy, Mass., she came here five years ago from Miramar. She was a homemaker and employed by the Broward County school system and by John Hancock in Boston. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Ohio, charter member of more than 50 years and past president of the Eagles Aerie 2899 of Weymouth, Mass. She was Protestant. Survivors include her husband, Francis S.; a son, Gary P., Miramar; a daughter, Willa J. Newton, Pembroke Pines; a sister, Shirley M. Waldron, Snow Camp, N.C.; a niece and a nephew; and four grandchildren. Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, Crystal River.

COTNEY, DOUGLAS N. "DOUG," 71, of Beverly Hills, died Saturday (March 23, 2002) in Crystal River. Born in Newton, Ga., he came here in 1987 from Cape Cod. He was a Navy veteran serving as a boatswain. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars and member of the Fleet Reserve Association. He was a member of the Irish American Club, Knights of Columbus Council 6168 and New England Club of Citrus County. He was a member of the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Mary; a stepdaughter, Norma McElhenny, Cape Cod; a sister, Zorah L. Gambrell, Greenwood, S.C.; several nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Beverly Hills.

DeLADE, DAVID S., 34, of Homosassa, died Friday (March 22, 2002) in Crystal River. Born in Crystal River, he was a lifelong resident there and was captain of TuffEnuff Shrimp Boat. He was Christian. Survivors include his mother, Maryian Milcher, Homosassa; three brothers, Fred Morgan, Belleview, Kevin Morgan, Ocala, and Brenton Morgan, New Port Richey; two sisters, Valorie Lyles, Homosassa, and Michele Wallace, Crystal River; many nieces and nephews. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Homosassa.

HOLLAND, KENNETH, 67, of Citrus Hills, died Sunday (March 24, 2002) in Hernando. Born in Savannah, he came here in 1992 from Atlanta. He was a retired division manager for AT&T. He was Methodist. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie 2522 of Inverness and the Citrus Hills Golf Club. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Ming; a son, Keith Holland, Gainesville, Ga.; a daughter, Kim Rhodes, Canton, Ga.; a sister, Shelby Niven, Savannah; and two grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory, Beverly Hills.

McCORMICK, MARTHA ANN, 71, of Spring Hill, died Sunday (March 24, 2002) at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Born in Detroit, she came here nine years ago from Williamstown, Mass. She was a retired schoolteacher from Williamstown School System and a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Survivors include her husband, William; two sons, James William, Laconia, N.H., and John Blanchard, Boston; three daughters, Susan Jane McCormick, Nashville, Nancy Lynn Cleary, Franklin, Tenn., and Erin M. Stone, Stamford, Conn.; her mother, Mary Orth Blanchard, Leesburg; a sister, Jane E. Klotzner, Ocala; and seven grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapels, Spring Hill.

MURPHY, MARY JEAN, 71, of Bushnell, died Sunday (March 24, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City. Born in Bemidji, Minn., she came here in 1992 from Broaddus, Texas. She was a homemaker and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an organist and member of the Indian Hills Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 27 years, James; two sons, Lewis C. Peters, Dallas, and Gunnar Peters, St. Petersburg; two daughters, Melissa J. Peters, Dunedin, and Elizabeth Allen, Cadiz, Ky.; a sister, Martha Pinckley, Dallas; and two grandchildren. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

NICKELSON, JAMES E., 52, of Weeki Wachee, died Saturday (March 23, 2002) at home. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., he came here four years ago and was an engineer for Par World Wide Group in Brooksville. He was Lutheran. He was a 12-year Boy Scout Leader and active member of the Hernando Sportsmans Club. Survivors include his wife, Deborah; two sons, James C. Nichelson, Orlando, and Robert Boilore, Weeki Wachee; and a sister, Judith Slachter, Weeki Wachee. Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill.

O'CONNELL, WILLIAM F., 75, of Crystal River, died Saturday (March 23, 2002) at Brentwood Health Care in Lecanto. Born in Framingham, Mass., he came here in 1990 from St. Charles, Ill. He retired as a sales representative for the Graco Corp. of Detroit and Chicago with more than 20 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church of Beverly Hills. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Catherine; five sons, Richard, Michigan, Jack, California, Mark, William and Paul, all of Illinois; a daughter, Ellen Kane, New Jersey; three brothers, Charles O'Connell Jr., Maryland, Robert and Frederick, both of Massachusetts; two sisters, Mary Mooney, Massachusetts, and Virginia DiBenedetto, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and eight grandchldren. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.

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