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HILLSBOROUGH OBITUARIES

BELCHER, CYNTHIA DIANE, 55, of Dover, died Saturday (July 5, 2003) in Plant City. Born in Lake Village, Ark., she moved to the Tampa area 52 years ago. She was a retired bookkeeper for Dart Container and a member of Westside Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Chester Belcher; a son, Chester Belcher Jr., Alabama; a daughter, Melisa Flowers, Dover; two brothers, Ronnie Sardin, Plant City, and Harry Sardin, Fort Myers; and four grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Plant City.

CRIBBS, GLENN JR., 71, of Odessa, formerly of Clearwater and Plant City, died Sunday (July 6, 2003) at home. A native and lifelong resident of the area, he was a supervisor of metal fabrication for Collier Safe Co., Odessa. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and a member of First Baptist Church of Odessa. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Janet; a son, Gregory Alan Cribbs, Largo; two daughters, Robin Dechane, Simpsonville, S.C., and Diane Musgrave, New Port Richey; his mother, Edna Cribbs, Plant City; a brother, Dennis Cribbs, Plant City; and eight grandchildren. Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Tarpon Avenue Chapel, Tarpon Springs.

DOLFINI, FRANK R., 80, of Plant City, died Monday (July 7, 2003). Born in Winterton, N.Y., he moved to the Tampa area in 1999 from Mesa, Ariz. He was a mortgage appraiser for Equitable Assurance Society of the United States and was a dairy farmer. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tempe, Ariz. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia D. Carr, Plant City; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

GARDNER, BILLY H., 78, of Plant City, formerly of Brandon, died Tuesday (July 8, 2003). Born in Mountain Home, Ark., he moved to Plant City in 1962 from Brandon. He was retired from the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War, was a member of the American Legion and Southside Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Donna; a daughter, Donna D. Gardner; three sons, William, Danny and David Gardner, all of Plant City; two sisters, Hazel Odom, Jesup, Ga., and Sue Hammilett, Polk City; and five grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

GOODRICH, RUTH ELEANOR, a native and lifelong resident of Tampa, died Sunday (July 6, 2003) at Tampa General Hospital. Survivors include many friends. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

HERNANDEZ, ANA JULIA, 98, of Tampa, died Tuesday (July 1, 2003). Survivors include a son, Octavio Hernandez; a daughter, Maritza Hernandez; and several nieces and nephews. Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, Tampa.

KRAYER, LENORE S., 86, of Tampa, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (July 3, 2003) at John Knox Village, Tampa. Born in Scranton, Pa., she lived in St. Petersburg 20 years before she moved to Tampa. She was an office manager and a volunteer for St. Anthony's Hospital. She was a member of the St. Petersburg Women's Club and St. Raphael Catholic Church on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg. Survivors include a daughter, Mimi Butler, Tampa; a son, Keith Krayer, East Falmouth Mass.; a sister, Jeanne Williams, Fort Thomas, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Tampa.

LOAN, ANTONETTA, 37, of Brandon, died Thursday (July 3, 2003) at home. Born in Everett, Mass., she moved to Florida in 1997. She was a homemaker and was Christian. Survivors include her husband, Scott Morrsion; three daughters, Danielle, Melonie and Ashley Loan, all of Brandon; her mother, Mildred Gear, Everett; and two brothers, Jim Danielie, New Hampshire, and Dan Danielie, Connecticut. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

MATHES, MICHAEL WAYNE, 34, of Mulberry, died Saturday (July 5, 2003) in Plant City. Born in Cincinnati, he was a longtime resident of the area. He was a dispatcher for the Food Lion grocery chain and a member of Faith Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, Plant City. Survivors include his wife, Judi; a son, Michael Locklear, White Springs; a daughter, Kerri Nichole Mathes, Mulberry; his parents, Kenny and Wilma Mathes, Plant City; two brothers, Brian Mathes, Mulberry, and Bruce Mathes, Toccoa, Ga.; and three grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Plant City.

MILLER, DOROTHEA HOOKER, 81, of Lakeland, formerly of Turkey Creek, died Monday (July 7, 2003) in Lakeland. A native and lifelong resident of the area, she was retired from Morrisons and was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Ellen Evans, Lakeland, and Linda Hatley, Plant City; a brother, John Holt, Michigan; two sisters, Alene Yates, Florida, and Winifred Koybliuski, Lake Worth; a half sister, Betty Griffin, Tampa; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

NIX, JAMES E. "EDDIE," 41, of Tampa, died Thursday (July 3, 2003). Born in Denver, he was a graduate of Robinson High School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was employed by the Hillsborough County school system. Survivors include his father and stepmother, James C. and Judy Nix; a brother, Steven W. Nix; two sisters, Debra A. Nix-Handlin and Patty Workman; a nephew; and three nieces. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

SIERRA, CARLOS "CHARLIE," 86, of Tampa, died Monday (July 7, 2003) at home. Born in Palmetto Beach, he was a lifelong resident of Tampa. He attended Jesuit High School, the University of Tampa, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1939. He retired from Seaboard Coastline Railroad in 1976 after 30 years of service. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Delia; daughter, Nancy Fernandez; two grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

RODRIGUEZ, JUAN T., 83, of Tampa, died Monday (July 7, 2003). Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Hilda T.; two sons, John Torres, Tampa, and Ted Torres, Ohio; two daughters, Estelle Lopez and Dolores Torres, both of Tampa; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

THOMAS, JOSEPH R., 83, of Gibsonton, died Monday (July 7, 2003). He was a retired electrician, a member of York Rite Masonic Fraternity, Hammerton Lodge 332 AFM, Charleston, S.C., Tampa-Cushing Chapter No. 3 RAM, Tampa Council No. 8 R&SM, Tampa-Ivanhoe Commandry No. 8 Knights Temple and Pentagon York Rite College No. 62 of Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Jeannette F.; three daughters, Janet L. Thomas, Tampa, Rozana Grantham and Jo Marie Thomas, both of Miami; two sons, Joseph R. Thomas Jr., Brooksville, and Christopher J. Thomas, Summerville, S.C.; and several brothers and sisters. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

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