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BRYANT, VIVIAN CAROL, 55, of Lutz, died Friday (Jan. 23, 2004) in Tampa. Born in Tampa, she was a lifelong resident of the area. Survivors include her husband, Edward T.; a daughter, Stacy Lynn Bryant, Lutz; and a brother Charles Pierce, Seymour, Ind. Loyless Funeral Home, Land O'Lakes-Lutz Chapel.

DOROUGH, THE REV. JOHN JAMES, of Dover, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2004). He was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was a longtime pastor of churches in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi and West Virginia. He was pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Dover, and he served as president of the Indiana Baptist State Convention. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Corinne; three daughters, Peggy Brewer, Brandon, Miss., and Grace Davis and Glenda Raulerson, both of Dover; a son, John Dorough, Ocala; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.

LEASTERN FINDLEY, ELIZABETH WILSON "BETTY," 82, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) at home. Born in Johnstown, Pa., she moved to Tampa more than 40 years ago. Survivors include her husband of more than 61 years, Donald Edwin; two daughters, Barbara Phillips, Tampa, and Beverlee Marshall, Plant City; a brother, Ernest A. Wilson, Arizona; two grandsons, Clinton Phillips, Georgia, and Christopher Vermeulen, Tampa; and two great-granddaughters. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

LOPEZ, NEDIA MANIKIS, 53, of Thonotosassa, died Thursday (Jan. 22, 2004) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Tampa, she was a lifelong resident of the area. Survivors include two sons, Steven Eddins, Mulberry, and Kristopher Lopez, Thonotosassa; two sisters, Samantha Herzog, Winslow, Ark., and Althina Harper, Thonotosassa; and four grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

MARTINEZ, LOUIS "TIRIN," 77, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004). Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mirta; two sons, Kenny and Louie; two sisters, Aurora Rizzo and Delia Martinez; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Florida Mortuary & Cremation Services, Tampa.

NASWORTHY, LUCILLE, 66, of Plant City, died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2004). Born in Chiefland, she moved to the area 47 years ago from Wilsonton. She was a seamstress and was Baptist. Survivors include her husband, William; two sons, Robert D. Nasworthy, Tampa, and Tom Nasworthy, Easley, S.C.; a daughter, Sandra Miller, Tampa; two sisters, Rosie Hath, New York, and Grace Leblace, Homer, La.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

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