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HILLSBOROUGH OBITUARIES

BARNES, JANETTE T., 74, of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003). Survivors include a son, a sister and two grandchildren. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home, Tampa.

BERKES, DOROTHY S., 91, of Sun City Center, died Saturday (March 8, 2003). Survivors include a son, Kenneth Berkes, M.D.; and a daughter, Marilyn Langdon. Sun City Center Funeral Home.

CRAY, ROSEMARY CLARE, 85, of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003). She was born in Cook, Minn., and had lived in the Tampa area two years, coming from Michigan. Survivors include a son, Scott Cray, Fort Myers; two daughters, Donna Olmstead, Tampa, and Cheryl DeSnyder, Marine City, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

DUGAN, RITA, 54, of Brandon, died Saturday (March 8, 2003). A native of Perry, Ga., she had lived in the Tampa area since 1969, coming from Thomaston, Ga. She was a schoolteacher, a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Alpha Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa and the Hillsborough County Elementary Math Council Board. Survivors include her husband, Mike Dugan; a son, Shaun M. Dugan, Brandon and a brother, Roger "Bubba" Radcliffe, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

GREEN, BETTY JO, 61, of Tampa died Thursday (March 6, 2003). Survivors include a daughter Rita Henley, Bainbridge, Ga.; five sons, Ricky Townsend, Tampa, Wade Townsend and Roy Townsend, both of Mulberry, ., Troy Townsend, Chiefland, , and Travis Flint, Plant City; three brothers, George, Robert and Jimmy; two sisters Ann and Mary; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.

LeCROY, DR. CARLOS D., 60, of Tierra Verde, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003) at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he moved to Tierra Verde in 1989 from Tampa, where he was an endodontist and a partner in LeCroy, Delgado & Kamaris, PA for 24 years. He was a 1969 graduate of the University of South Florida, a 1973 graduate of Emory University Dental School in Atlanta, and a 1979 graduate of the Veterans Administration endodontic program in Miami. He was a Green Beret reservist. He was an avid boater and fisherman and attended Island Chapel in Tierra Verde. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Barbara; a son, Jon, Maplewood, N.J.; his mother, Mary Louise LeCroy, St. Petersburg; a sister, Willow Pscion, Tampa; and two grandchildren. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home & Cremation Services, St. Petersburg.

SOWELL, GEORGIA E., 88, of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003). Survivors include a son; four daughters; one brother; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

WHORLEY, JUANITA R., 72, of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003). She was a member of Manhattan Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Norbett Whorley, Bradenton; four daughters, Naomi Whorley , Patricia Moore, Annette Whorley and Cynthia Whorley, all of Tampa; a sister, Ruby Rust, Danville, Va.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mark III Funeral Home, Tampa.

A note to readers about obituaries

The St. Petersburg Times wishes to remind its readers that it continues to publish obituaries free as a public service. There often is confusion over this because the Tampa Tribune charges for obituaries.

Also, families who have lost loved ones should be aware that some Hillsborough funeral homes do not send obituaries to the Times unless the families request they do so. Families should make sure that the obituary sent to the Times contains all of the information they have provided about their loved one, as funeral homes often omit details to reduce the cost of the obituary in the Tribune.

In addition to the basic facts of an obituary, the Times publishes place of birth, date of relocation to the Tampa area, occupations held, military service and awards, memberships, religious affiliations and church memberships, immediate family survivors including spouses or significant others, children, parents, siblings, and number of grandchildren. Photographs are published free of charge.

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