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BROOKS, THELMA HOUSTON, 66, of Brooksville, formerly of Hernando, died Thursday (Jan. 15, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice on Chatman in Brooksville. She was born in Hernando and came here 49 years ago. She was a retired pharmacist assistant for the Brooksville Regional Hospital and was a member of Bethlehem Progressive Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Willie J. Brooks Sr.; four sons, Willie J. Brooks Jr., Fayetteville, N.C., Dale Brooks Sr., Orlando, Kenneth, Houston, and Calvin, Brooksville; a daughter, Angelette Taylor, Miami; two brothers, Lloyd, Hernando, and the Rev. David Houston, Inverness; two sisters, Sarah Hikes, Heranando, and Verline Elliott, Ocala; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Cason Funeral & Cremation Services, Brooksville.

HOLECEK, EMILY B., 77, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Spring Hill, died Thursday (Jan. 15, 2004) at the Lewis-Gale Hospital in Salem, Va. Born in Chicago, she moved from Spring Hill only one month ago to Virginia. She was an office receptionist for Industrial Filter in Cicero, Ill. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Jirka, Blue Ridge, Va.; a son, Robert, Colgate, Wis.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Seven Hills Chapel, Spring Hill.

HOPKINS, CECIL H., 88, of Brooksville, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice on Chatham in Brooksville. Born in Vermontville, Mich., he came here in 1986 from Lansing, Mich. He was a retired automobile worker and a member of the United Auto Workers Association. He was an Episcopalian. Survivors include two sons, Gerald, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Edward, Cedar Springs, Mich.; a daughter, Carolyn Bromer, Middleville, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville.

MORAN, PATRICK DENNIS, 81, of Sugarmill Woods, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) in Crystal River. Born in Madison, Wis., he came here in 1986 from Schaumburg, Ill. He was a retired truck driver and an Air Force veteran. He was a member of the the VFW and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge. He was Protestant. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Kay; two daughters, Patricia Guarino, Homosassa, and Denise Collins, Dade City; a sister, Monica Wright, Crystal Lake, Ill.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hooper Funeral Homes, Homosassa.

SIMMONS, WILLIAM J., 77, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2004) at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River. Born in Walden, N.Y., he came here 15 years ago from Largo. He was a retired electrician and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the VFW Post 2946, American Legion and National Rifle Association. He was Catholic. Survivors include two sons, Lawrence, Middletown, N.Y., and William D., Tampa; two daughters, Valerie Mousaw and Rene Teague, both of New Port Richey; a brother, Donald, Walden, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River.

SOUTHEY, ROBERT G., 80, of Brooksville, died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2004) at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Born in Norwalk, Conn., he came to this area 17 years ago from Laurinburg, N.C. He was a division manager with the Eaton Corporation in Cleveland and was an Army Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Masonic Order. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; a son, Robert G. Southey Jr., St. Petersburg; a stepson, Jeffrey; a stepdaughter, Emily; a sister, Lynn Rothaus, Spring Hill; and three grandchildren. Turner Funeral & Cremation Center, Spring Hill.

STITT, KENNETH B., 90, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) at Brooksville Regional Hospital. Born in Vandergrift, Pa., he first came to this area as a winter visitor 25 years ago. He was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Pauline (McCutcheon); and a nephew, Dr. Russell Steele, Lodi, Calif. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.

SULLIVAN, STEPHEN W., 88, of Homosassa, formerly of Clearwater and Largo, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) at home. He was born in Largo and moved to Homosassa in 1987 from Clearwater. He was a carpenter and a member of the Church of God. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Inez Z. (McCullough); a son, William S., St. Marks; two daughters, Patricia S. Sharp Gordon, Collierville, Tenn., and Diane Gordon, Lecanto; a brother, James, Trenton; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Curlew Hills Funeral Home, Palm Harbor.

WESSON, SALLY A., 88, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2004) at home. Born in New Haven, Conn., she came to this area 20 years ago from New Hampshire and was a retired retail sales manager. She was Catholic. Survivors include a son, Donald Freitas, Rotonda West; a daughter, Lois Compton, Merrimack, N.H.; a brother, Henry Stanulonis, both of New Hampshire; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill.

WOEHLER, DAVID SCOTT, 48, of Homosassa, died Friday (Jan. 16, 2004) at home. Born in Evansville, Ind., he came here in 1994 from Reno, Nev., and was a restaurant manager. He was Methodist. Survivors include two sons, Ian and Dexter, both of Reno; his mother, Jacqueline Woehler, Homosassa; a brother, Randy, Roscoe, Ill.; two sisters, Rebecca Indbik, Tustin, Calif., and Ginger Bounds, Winston-Salem, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

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