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BROWN, ETTA ALICE, 91, of Plant City, died Monday (March 10, 2003). She was born in Amanda, Ohio and moved to Florida several years ago. She worked as a salesclerk. Survivors include her husband, Charles W. Brown; a daughter, Betty, Plant City; and a son, William, Tampa. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

CADDELL, JOHNSIE CHUNN, 71, of Tampa, died Sunday (March 9, 2003). Survivors include four sons, Robert Caddell, Jr., Texas, George Trexler, North Carolina, Richard Trexler, Tampa, and Sonny Trexler, Brandon; five daughters, Kitty Lane, Land O'Lakes, Jeannie Thomlinson, Georgia, Paulette Russell, Tampa, Vickie Rogers, St. Petersburg, and Cindy Sawyer, North Carolina; six brothers, George, P.W., John, Gene, Everette and Lee Roy Elliott of North Carolina; six sisters, Mary Bost, Elsie Burnnett, Eva Grubb, Doris Morrison and Nancie Wargo, all of North Carolina, and Margie Church of South Carolina; 31 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Florida Mortuary & Cremation Services, Tampa.

CALHOUN, JEAN LEE, 78, of Tampa, died Monday (March 10, 2003). Born in Lena, Ind., she later moved to the Tampa area in 1960 from Wisconsin. She was a member of the Widows and Widowers Social Club, Eastern Star, Beta Sigma PHI and a Foster Parent Program. Survivors include her son, Don Wood; two daughters, Toni Koval and Sheri Johnsen; a sister, Eva Mclure; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.

COWELL, DANIEL L., 42, of New Port Richey, formerly of Temple Terrace, died Friday (March 7, 2003) at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs. Born in Fort Lauderdale, he spent most of his life in Temple Terrace. Survivors include his wife, Karen; four sons, Daniel Jr., Kentucky, Christopher Lee, New Port Richey, Joshua Adam and Jacob Anthony, both of Holiday; his father, Harry, Maggie Valley N.C.; four brothers, James, New Port Richey, Michael, San Antonio, Texas, William, and David, both of Maggie Valley; a sister, Tamara Smith, Land O'Lakes; and one grandchild. Prevatt Funeral Home, Hudson.

CURTIS, WILLIAM D., 69, of Sun City Center died Monday (March 10, 2003). He is survived by his wife, Paula; four children; a sister; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Zipperer's Agape Mortuary & Crematory, Ruskin.

DYER, ALLEN M. JR. M.D., 90, of Sun City Center, died Sunday (March 9, 2003). Born in Philippi, W.Va., he moved to Florida in 1986 from West Virginia. He received his medical degree from University of Chicago Rush Medical School. He was a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, member of the West Virginia Medical Association and Wetzel County Masonic Lodge. He practiced medicine in Pine Grove, W.Va., and Wetzel County Hospital for 45 years. Survivors include his wife Ruth Barrick and a son, Allen M. Dyer III; a sister, Philena Grace Millhouse; a granddaughter, Brandi S. Dyer; and one niece. Zipperer's Agape Mortuary & Crematory, Ruskin.

FREED, JEROME "JERRY," 74, of Brandon, died Saturday (March 8, 2003). Born in Brooklyn N.Y., he moved to the Tampa area in 1946. He was a Mason and a Shriner. Survivors include his wife, Pat Freed; four daughters, Debbie Ward, Marcie Freed-Williams, Arlene Freed-Vest and Michelle Price; and six grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

GARDNER, GUY F., 83, of Ruskin, died Saturday (March 8, 2003) at LifePath Hospice House in Sun City Center. Born in East Point, Ga., he moved to Ruskin in 1941. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and was affiliated with Ruskin United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Showman's League of America, Greater Tampa Showman's Association, and impresario emeritus of R.O.J. Tampa Court 89, Hillsborough Lodge No. 25 F&AM, Scottish Rite of Tampa and the Egypt Shrine Temple. He was an honorary member of numerous Shrine Temples and Jester Courts. He served for 30 years as the secretary and business manager of Royal American Shows. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Winafred; daughter, Lynn Elsberry; grandchildren, Lisa Apen, Orlando, Erin Rayfield, Ruskin, and Alison Elsberry, Ruskin; great-grandson, Cole Apen, Orlando; a sister, Dee Robinson of Dallas, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

HEISLER, MARY AILEEN, 87, of Tampa, died Monday (March 10. 2003) at the Lakeshore Villa Health Care Center. Survivors include four sons, Lewis C. Moss, Kenneth L. Moss, Bernard A. Heisler, and John D. Heisler; two daughters, Esther Glass and Levitta Collins; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild. She was a member of Hillsborough Baptist Church and attended Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa

GIVENS, ELVERA HULTQUIST, 90, of Tampa, died Thursday (March 6, 2003) at her home. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., she lived her early years in Lake Wales, Fla., and later moved to the Tampa area. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold; two sons, Ronald White, Brooksville, and Thomas Givens, Virginia; a daughter, Gwen Givens, Tampa; and three grandchildren. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.

JOHNSON, LYLE R. JR. "RICKY," 40, of Burbank, Calif., formerly of Palm Harbor and Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 28 , 2003) at home. He moved to Palm Harbor in 1971 from his native Warren, Ohio, moved to Tampa in 1989 and to Burbank in 1995. He attended Dunedin High School. He was a psychologist and Protestant. Survivors include his wife, Jamie; two stepdaughters, Alexis and Chloe, both of California; his mother and stepfather, Elsie and James Webster, New Port Richey; his father and stepmother, Lyle and Betty Johnson, Largo; two sisters, Wilma Rentzell, Tampa, and Sherry DeVito, Purchase, N.Y.; a brother, Randy, Fort Collins, Colo.; his paternal grandmother, Madaline Johnson, Ashtabula, Ohio; and a stepgranddaughter. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

LUCY, JAMES AARON, JR., 69, of Tampa, died Saturday (March 8, 2003). He was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., and moved to Florida several years ago from New Jersey. He worked as a field engineer at IBM and was a Vietnam War veteran. He was a member of Mount Olive AME Church and served as past commander of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Jearnice Lucy, Tampa; five children, Denise, Kathy, Lisa, Gail and James III ; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.

MURPHY, KEVIN P., 47, of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003) in Tampa. He was a member of Old Memorial Golf Club, and president and owner of the Shamrock Group Ltd.. Survivors include a sister, Patricia M. Murphy, Colo.; four brothers, Brian M. Murphy, Conn., Dennis J. Murphy, N.Y., Terry Murphy, Tampa and Michael C. Murphy, N.C.; two nieces and one nephew. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, West Chapel, Tampa.

MURRAY, ENID L., 57, of South Pasadena, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (March 7, 2003) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Born in Riverside, Calif., she moved to South Pasadena in 1996 from Tampa. She was a waitress at the Ramada Inn on Treasure Island. She was Protestant. Survivors include her father, Warren Briggs, South Pasadena; and a son, Arthur Murray Jr., Oklahoma. Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater.

MUSE, DEBRA ANITA, 40, of Tampa, died Saturday (March 8, 2003). A life-long resident of Tampa, she was a 1981 graduate of King High School and a 1994 graduate of Clearwater Christian College. She taught second grade and coached middle school cheerleading for nine years at Tampa Baptist Academy. She also worked at Sears for 22 years. She was a member of University Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Wauhneta Muse, Tampa, her family of Tampa and Alabama and many dear friends. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

PARRISH, RUTH, "GRANNY", 90, of Plant City, died Tuesday (March 11, 2003). She was born in Bradley Junction and moved to Plant City from Polk County in 1944. She was a farmer, a housewife and a former member of Knights Community Club. Survivors include two sons, George Dale Parrish, Dover, Fla., Donald Parrish, Plant City, a daughter, Barbara Eldredge , Yalaha

PRICE, CARLTON KENNETH "KEN," 68, of Riverview, died Monday (March 10, 2003). He was born in Malone and moved to Riverview 58 years ago. He was an auto mechanic and Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Laurena Harwell; two sons, Bruce Price, Brooksville, and Michael Lamb, Riverview; a daughter, Brenda Ellis, Tampa; a brother, Roy Price, Tampa; two sisters, Vira Britt, Riverview and Vera Carter Apex, N.C.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

SMITH, ANNIE LOIS, 94, of Plant City, died Monday (March 10, 2003) at her residence. She was born in Hartford, Ala., and moved to Plant City from Astor in 1984. She worked as a lunchroom manager and at Branch Ranch Restaurant. She was a member of Seminole Heights U.M.C., Mystic No. 110 OES and Daughters of the Nile No. 73. Survivors include a daughter, Frances Harris, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.

SWANSON, HAZEL PEER, 96, of Riverview, died Monday (March 10, 2003) at Hawthorne Health & Rehab Center. Born in Carbondale, Ill., she later moved to the Tampa area in 1972 from Harvey, Ill. She was a teacher and a Baptist by faith. Survivors include her son, John Swanson, Oceanside, Calif.; two daughters, Carol M. Putnam, Riverview, and Marsha P. Lindstrom, Dumtries, Va. ; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

TASCHEREAU, DONALD WILFRED, 65, of Tampa, died Thursday (March 6, 2003). He was born in Dover, N.H. and moved to Tampa from Safety Harbor 20 years ago. He worked as a truck driver for Kimmins Contracting, was a Navy veteran and Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Judy Thies; a son Jack, Palm Harbor; two daughters, Susan, Tampa, and Donna, Waterbury, Conn.; a stepson, Daniel Brewster, Tampa; two stepdaughters, Shari Kirkland, Tampa and Carla Brewster, Lowell; three sisters, Theresa Ash, Safety Harbor; Dorothy Miller, Bethel, Conn., and Nancy Merritt, Okeechobee; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

TAYLOR, ALICE J., 78, of Tampa, died Sunday (March 9, 2003). She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert W. Taylor; son, Warren R. Taylor; three daughters, Patricia A. Herrick, Linda J. Zyga, and Brenda J. Wright; two sisters, Edith Hayunga and Anna Mae Washer; eight grandchildren, Lee, Matthew, Brian, and Sandra Nimmo, and Daniel, Melanie, Jennifer and Alaina Wright. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa.

TWAMLEY, MARTHA R., 99, of Sun City Center died Saturday (March 8, 2003) at Plaza West. She is survived by her daughter, grandson and great-grandson. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

WATSON, RUBY GILL, 88, of Plant City, died Tuesday (March 11, 2003). She was born in Madison and was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, James Gill, Plant City, and Thomas Gill, Durant ; one daughter, Gladys Parks, Gibsonton; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.