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Published Sep. 1, 2005

BALL, JOSEPHINE DOROTHY, 87, of Tampa, died Friday (July 4, 2003). Born in St. Paul, Neb., she recently moved to Tampa from Oregon City, Ore. Survivors include a daughter, Diana Sessums; a sister, Rosie Harrington; a brother, Tony Nowak; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Florida Mortuary & Cremation Services, Tampa.

BASS, JEAN B., 92, of Lutz, died Wednesday (July 2, 2003) in Tampa. Born in Quitman, Ga., she was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda S. Corley, Lutz; a sister, Carrie Harwell, Plant City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. MacDonald Funeral Home, Tampa.

CASO, EUGENE A. SR., 71, of Tampa, died Wednesday (July 2, 2003). A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, he was a graduate of Jesuit High School and Loyola University. He was a Navy veteran and worked for the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor until his retirement in 1985. He was recently employed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Survivors include his wife, Pilar Mendez Caso; a daughter, Cathy Caso; two sons, Eugene A. Caso Jr. and Andrew Caso; two grandchildren; and a nephew. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

CASTLEBERRY, KENNETH DALE, 70, of Sun City Center, died Monday (June 30, 2003). Born in Jacksonville, he was a graduate of the University of Miami, earning a degree in business administration. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and opened an insurance agency in Miami. Survivors include his wife, Josie; three sons, Kevin, Keith and Craig; four daughters, Kim, Linda, Sheila and Kathleen; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Zipperer's Agape Mortuary & Crematory, Ruskin.

CHAPMAN, ROBERT "LEON," 69, of Sun City Center, died Thursday (July 3, 2003). Born in Welcome, he moved to the Tampa area several years ago. He was an Air Force veteran, a mechanic and was Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shirley; four sons, Robert, Richard, Gary and Bill; a brother, Lamar; a sister, Pearl Aspenwall; and 11 grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

COLBY, ANNA AIKO, 26, of Tampa, died Thursday (July 3, 2003). Born in Key West, she moved to Tampa in 1998. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in education. Survivors include her fiancee, Daniel Leeds, Tampa; parents, J. Michael and Bonnie DeMoldau, Denver; grandmother, June Crosby, Denver; and seven aunts and uncles. American Heritage Cremation Society, Clearwater.

De ROSA, HUGO, 87, of Sun City Center, died Friday (July 4, 2003). He was a graduate of West Virginia University and attended Michigan State and NYU, majoring in organic chemistry. He was the founder and president of Q.C. Electronic Inc. in Englewood, N.J. He served as president of Kiwanis and was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Angeline; a son, James; a daughter, Theresa Adkins; two grandsons; and a great-grandson. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

DREYER, THELMA HELENE, 68, of Tampa, summer resident of Hounds Ears, N.C., died Wednesday (July 2, 2003) at home in North Carolina. Born in Trenton, N.J., she was the owner and operator of Dreyer and Associates Court Reporters. She also established the Dreyer Scholarship Award and was actively involved at Berkley Prep. She was a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the National Court Reporters Association and the Florida Court Reporters Association. She received the National Leadership Award from President Bush, with a request to join his Advocacy Council in Washington, D.C. She was also the co-owner of the Cracker House on MacDill Avenue. She was a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Frederick Will "Bill" Dreyer Jr.; a son, Dr. Frederick W. Dreyer III; a brother, Stanley Dilley, Tampa; and three grandchildren. Austin and Barnes Funeral Home, Boone, N.C.

HERNANDEZ, RAFAELITA, 73, of Tampa, died Friday (July 4, 2003) at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she moved to the Tampa area in 1931. She was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include five sons; and 19 grandchildren. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home, Tampa.

LAWSON, JOSEPH GRAY, 85, of Riverview, died Saturday (July 5, 2003). Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he moved to the Tampa area two months ago from Greensboro, N.C. He was a minister, a member of Stevens Memorial Baptist Church, Greensboro, and Wake Forest Alumni Association. Survivors include his wife, Nola; three daughters, Carolyn Robinson, Greensboro, Karlene Jetton and Darlene Ochs, both of Riverview; a sister, Emma Lawson, Winston-Salem; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Serenity Meadows Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Riverview.

PAULK, DONALD E. "DON," 71, of Odessa, formerly of Clearwater, died Saturday (July 5, 2003) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center, New Port Richey. Born in Winter Haven, he moved to Clearwater in 1935 and to Odessa in 1991. He worked for GTE and Verizon for 32 years and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of Pinellas. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was a member and usher at Keystone United Methodist Church, Odessa. Survivors include his wife, Vondell M.; three sons, Mark Paulk, San Diego, Dana and Scott Paulk, both of Clearwater; three stepdaughters, Suzanne Schrader, Teri Tillis and Pam Montana, all of New Port Richey; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.

PESCADOR, GLORIA, 78, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of Tampa, died Tuesday (July 1, 2003). She was a veteran of the Woman's Army Corps and a member of Incarnation Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, Helmuth Pescador, San Jose; a daughter, Idalia Hamilton, Bronx, N.Y.; a brother, Isaac Quinones, Tampa; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, West Chapel, Tampa.

SMITH, JIMMIE WYNN, 70, of Plant City, died Thursday (July 3, 2003) at home. A native and lifelong resident of Plant City, she was retired from the Hillsborough County School District as a secretary after 23 years. She was a founding member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was a volunteer at South Florida Baptist Hospital. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Jiles D.; two sons, Steve and Dan, both of Plant City; two sisters, Carolyn Griffin, Dade City, and Lucille Crocker, Vero Beach; two brothers, Bill Wynn, San Antonio, Fla., and Donnie Wynn, Bartow; and four granddaughters. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

TORRETTA, FRANCES C., 90, of Tampa, died Sunday (July 6, 2003). A native of Tampa, she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was active in the Women's Guild at the church. Survivors include two sons, Nelson and Ray Torretta; a brother, Serafino Cusumano; and a grandson, Nelson Torretta Jr. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.