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Published Sep. 3, 2005

BENNETT, ROBERT BRODIE, 84, of South Carolina, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (July 19, 2002) in South Carolina. He was a retired millwright supervisor with AGWAY in New York and was a member of the Riverhead, N.Y., Masonic Lodge 399, and Egypt Temple Shrine, Scottish Rite, in Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Steenbergh; a daughter, Susan Heins, Moncks Corner, S.C.; three sons, Joseph Bennett, Seneca Falls, N.Y., Warren Bennett, Kingsland, Ga., and William Bennett, Fayetteville, Ark.; two brothers, Hugh Bennett, Englewood, and John Bennett, Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters, Jean Bennett, Rotunda West, and Alice Atkins, Allegany, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Cremation Center of Charleston, S.C.

CHAPMAN, KAYLYN MARIANNA, 3, of Palm Harbor, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. She was born in Tampa and was a lifelong resident of Palm Harbor. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater. Survivors include her parents, Michelle and Jim Chapman, and a brother, Brandon, all of Palm Harbor; her paternal grandparents, Barbara and Bill Chapman, Bradenton; her maternal grandparents, Jim and Cathy Smith, Clearwater, and Pater and Trudy Vasil, Belleair; her great-grandmothers, Harriet Smith, Catherine Chapman and Gertrude Guckes; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

CROSBY, LENA EVELYN, 81, of Plant City, died Monday (July 22, 2002). Born in Boston, Ga., she moved to the Tampa area many years ago. She retired from the food industry and was a member of Turkey Creek Church of God. Survivors include three daughters, Glenda E. Brown, Patricia Collins and Martha Richards; two sons, John and Jim Haddock; two stepsons, Troy and Ronnie Crosby; three stepdaughters, Lorraine Speer, Evelyn Weaver and Joan Keaton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

FRANK, WILLIAM J., 84, of Sun City Center, died Thursday (July 18, 2002). Born in Pittsburgh, he moved to the Tampa area 12 years ago from Stuart. He was an Air Force veteran and served as controller for Heyl and Patterson in Pittsburgh and the Lakeview Country Club in Morgantown, Pa. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Kristina Steffer; a sister, Catherine Kulp; a brother, Thomas W. Frank; and a granddaughter, Shannon. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

GORMAN, LEONARD H., 82, of Clearwater, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He came to Tampa in 1959 from Syracuse, N.Y., and in 1988 he moved to Clearwater. He retired in 1990 from Morton Plant Hospital, where he pioneered the hospital's risk management program. He was an Army veteran of World War II, during which he served in the European Theater, and was active in the Army Reserves until 1969. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, the American Hospital Association, Florida Hospital Association and American Legion. He was a skilled carpenter and craftsman of country furniture and folk art. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary; three daughters, Susan Hewitt, Kathleen Rumrill and Judy Ballard, and a son, Christopher, all of Tampa; a sister, Mae Glynn, Lyncourt, N.Y.; a brother, Howard, Atlanta; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel.

GRAY, KENNETH EUGENE, 77, of Tampa, died Friday (July 19, 2002). Born in Oklahoma City, he moved to the Tampa area in 1957 from Dallas. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a truck driver. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Brandon and the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Hays, Cleveland; two sons, Allan Randy Wells, Woodlyn, Pa., and Sammy Hays, Ellenton; two brothers, Albert Gray, California, and Richard Gray, Pensacola; and 10 grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

LABBE, NORMAN, 76, of Valrico, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) in Brandon. Born in Fort Kent, Maine, he moved to the Tampa area in 1985. He was a carpenter and was Catholic. Survivors include his son, Allen; a daughter, Diana; a brother, Wilber; a sister, Lorraine; and four grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

LASSWELL, GENE HOLT "LASSIE," 57, of Tampa, died Saturday (July 20, 2002). He was a Navy veteran and retired from CSX Railroad after 37 years. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Florence; seven children; a sister, Janet McCans; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.

McGRIFF, KATYE RAE, 92, of Ruskin, died Sunday (July 21, 2002). Born in Manatee County, she moved to Ruskin more than 70 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Ruskin Tabernacle. Survivors include her daughter, Edwina Quails, Ruskin; two sons, Patrick, St. Petersburg, and David, Wimauma; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Sun City Center Funeral Home.

MEEROVITZ, HOWARD "MARTY," 67, of Tampa, died Monday (July 22, 2002). A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, he was an Army veteran. He worked for Commercial Metal Corp. for more than 30 years, then at Cox Seafood Co. Survivors include his sister, Geraldine Lasky, Tampa; a brother, Irving, Tampa; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Beth David Chapel, Tampa.

MOSS, DOROTHY J., 73, of Brandon, died Friday (July 19, 2002). Born in McKees Rocks, Pa., she was a member of First Thonotosassa Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Winford; two daughters, Anna Davis and Dinah Bencomo; two grandchildren, Darren Davis and Barrett Davis; and one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Davis. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

SHERMAN, ELIZABETH V., 91, of Tampa, died Sunday (July 21, 2002). Born in Jonesboro, Ark., she moved to Tampa several years ago. She retired as a kindergarten teacher and was Presbyterian. Survivors include two sons, Tim and Louis; a sister, Frances Puryear; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.

SKIDMORE, JOY LEE, 40, of Tampa, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. Born in Las Vegas, she moved to Tampa in 1970 from Kentucky. She was an office manager and a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons, Erich, Aaron and Darr Skidmore, all of Tampa; her mother, Sylvia Rae Hehemann, Tampa; her father, Kenneth Raymond Hehemann Sr., Tampa; a brother, Kenny Ray Hehemann Jr., Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Deborah Mabe, Marion, Va., and Lucinda Lawrence, Tampa; and her maternal grandmother, Clara Wynn, Marion. Marsicano-B. Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.

SNYDER, STEPHEN RANDALL "STEVE," 49, of Brandon, died Monday (July 22, 2002). A native of the Tampa area, he was a registered nurse. He was a Navy veteran and a member of Rockfish Valley Baptist Church, Nellysford, Va. Survivors include his daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Snyder, Nellysford; a son, Joshua Luke Snyder, Valrico; his mother and stepfather, Pauline and Lynn Johnson, Brandon; his father, Bill Snyder, Riverview; two brothers, William Dee Snyder Jr., Morristown, Tenn., and Paul Edward Snyder, Tampa; and three sisters, Paula Elizabeth Snyder, Brandon, and Vicki E. Nowneo and Patricia Ann Rodriguez, both of Dover. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

SPOLARICH, ANTHONY J. "TONY," 68, of Tampa, died Saturday (July 20, 2002) at Woodbridge Nursing Home. He was a member of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa and St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin. Survivors include his daughter, Michelle S. Maccaglia; a son, John Spolarich, Rochester, Pa.; a sister, Helen Reagan, Ruskin; a brother, Leo Spolarich, Sun City Center; and three grandchildren, Steven, Nick and Anthony. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Armenia-A.P. Boza Chapel, Tampa.

STALVEY, JOHN BEN, 78, of Lakeland, formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) in Lakeland. Born in Tampa, he was a lifelong resident of Florida. He was self-employed as a lawn care worker and wasBaptist. Survivors include his brother, Morris Stalvey, Lakeland; and two grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.

WILLIAMSON, VIOLA MAE, 81, of Sun City Center, died Friday (July 19, 2002). Born in Graceville, Minn., she moved to the Tampa area in 1990 from Georgia. She was a retired executive secretary and was a member of the Sun City Center Solo/Line Dance Club. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society-Scarlett O'Hatta Chapter and the Sun City Center Security Patrol. She was a reading and math tutor at Cypress Creek Elementary School, a volunteer for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, a trainee for LifePath Hospice and Pallative Care, and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Survivors include a son, Leroy, Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Loree Scherck, Marietta, Ga., Vicky Mansfield, Kennesaw, Ga., and Judy Cota, Encinitas, Calif.; a brother, Sig Hagen; five sisters, Clara Buntje, Gunda Fogle, Sylvia Barrett, Alice Danielson and LaVine Scheuble; and eight grandchildren. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

WILSON, GRACE, 91, of Tampa, died Sunday (July 21, 2002). Born in Greenville, S.C., she moved to the Tampa area several years ago. Survivors include a daughter, Janice Parres; and three grandchildren, Kelley, Matthew and Jake Parres. Florida Mortuary & Cremation Services, Tampa.

WOODMAN, JOSEPHINE WOODS, 80, of Sun City Center, died Friday (July 19, 2002). Born in West Virginia, she was a teacher for the Detroit Public School District. Survivors include her daughter, Linda, Ann Arbor, Mich; a son, Kent Woodman, Beverly Hills, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Emily McLaren, Geoff Woodman and Peter Woodman. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.