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BERDY, ELLIOT, 75, of Temple Terrace, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2004). Born in New York he moved to the Tampa area in 1982 from St. Petersburg. He worked for GTE Data Services, was a volunteer for several agencies and was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 35 years. Survivors include his companion, Diana Norris; two sons, Jerry Berdy, Tallahassee, and Brett Berdy, Valrico; a daughter, Madelyn Crawford, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Doris Zimmerman, Potomac, Md., and Rose Schwartz, Manchester, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Beth David Funeral Chapel, Tampa.

BROWN, ARTHUR JAMES "DOC," 75, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004). Born in Queens Village, N.Y., he moved here several years ago. He was a chiropractor for more than 35 years. He was a graduate of Columbia Institute of Chiropractic, New York City, a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association, a charter member of the Greater Town & Country Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa, where he was head usher for 28 years. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Alice; a daughter, Alice Mary Brown, Tampa; and four brothers and sisters. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, West Chapel, Tampa.

CHRISTIAN, MAXINE MARIE, 90, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Jan. 14, 2004) at University Community Hospital. Born in Martin, Ohio, she moved here in 1959. She was an administrative assistant at the University of South Florida since 1959 and was a member a member of Forest Hill United Methodist Church. Survivors include a nephew, Mike J. Christian; and two nieces, Christine Christian Hooks and Mary Ruth Christian. Marsicano-B. Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.

DOROUGH, JOHN JAMES, 87, of Dover, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2004) at home. Born in Cordele, Ga., he moved here in 1954 from Sebring. He was a Baptist minister, a member of First Baptist Church of Dover and past president of Indiana Baptist Convention. Survivors include his wife, Corinne; a son, John Randolph Dorough, Ocala; three daughters, Grace Davis and Glenda Raulerson, both of Dover, and Peggy Brewer, Brandon, Miss.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.

FORRESTER, WILLIAM H. III, 67, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004). Born in Murphy, N.C., he moved to Tampa several years ago. He attended Hillsborough High School and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving two tours, retiring in 1978 with the rank of master sergeant. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star for valor. Upon retirement, he returned to the Tampa area and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Tampa Chapter No. 4, and Moose Lodge No. 768, Plant City. He was an independent contractor. Survivors include a daughter, Candyce L. Forrester; two sons, William H. Forrester IV and Gregory S. Forrester; five grandchildren; and his companion, Evelyn Smelser. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

RAU, KATHRYN VIRGINIA, 95, of Brandon, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004) at Central Park Health Care. Born in Avalon, Pa., she moved here in 1974 from Ridgeway, Pa. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church of Brandon. Survivors include a son-in-law, Casper Kaffke; and two granddaughters, Miriam and Kathryn Kaffke. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

SAFFOLD, CAROL E., 54, of Tampa, died Monday (Jan. 19, 2004). Survivors include her husband, Stephen; a son, Stephen Jr.; a daughter, Tammy DeRolf; her father, Coy Sutton; her mother, Louise Higdon; two brothers, Jerry and Larry; two sisters, Janet and Kathy; and three grandchildren, Elaine, Amber and Steven Jr. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.