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COLEMAN, GEORGE JR., 80, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2004) at Memorial Hospital. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved here several years ago. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, Avery Lodge 493, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Columbus, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Frances B.; three sons, James L., Tampa, George E. Coleman, West Haven, Utah, and Douglas R. Coleman, Hooper, Utah; a brother, Robert E. Coleman, Millersport, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, South Tampa Chapel.

DENT, DOROTHY A., 78, of Center Hill, formerly of Brooksville and of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2004) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Brooksville. Born in Munising, Mich., she moved to Brooksville in 1978 from Tampa, then moved to Center Hill three years ago. She retired from Montgomery Ward in Tampa and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bushnell. Survivors include a daughter, Eileen Moore, Center Hill; a son, James A. Worthing, Dade City; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville.

ELWELL, FRANK G., 77, of Riverview, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2004). Survivors include his wife, Elva; a son, Michael, Dade City; two daughters, Linda Perkins, Riverview, and Brenda West, Tallahassee; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hamilton Funeral Home, Riverview.

ENGLISH, BETTY L., 69, of Mulberry, died Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2004) in Plant City. Born in Ona, she was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Kimbali Rook and Debbie DePriest, both of Lakeland, and June Pittman, Bowling Green; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

FISHER, RONI VARDA, 67, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2004). Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she moved to Tampa in 2002 from California. She was a life member of Hadassah and a member of Congregation Kol Ami. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Myron; three sons, Mark Fisher, Dallas, Steven Fisher, Lancaster, Calif., and Bruce Fisher, Lutz; a daughter, Marcy Patterson, Scottsdale, Ariz.; her mother, Deborah Levin; a sister, Peri Levin, Santa Monica, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren. Beth David Funeral Chapel, Tampa.

GONZALEZ, ARI O., 70, of Tampa, formerly of Cuba, died Thursday (Jan. 29, 2004). Survivors include his family. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

HAMPTON, CHARLES W., 84, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan 27, 2004). He was an ordained Baptist deacon and was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lavone; three daughters, Faye Crosby, Jacksonville, Patricia Breeden, Lutz, and Charla Childs, Sarasota; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Swilley Funeral Home, Tampa.

LAWTON, WARREN, 81, of Tampa, died Thursday (Jan. 28, 2004). Born in Philadelphia, he was a Marine Corps aviator in World War II and served in the South Pacific. He worked at the Tampa Police Department for 29 years, retiring as a captain. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jewel "Winnie;" two sons, Stuart and Earl Lawton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, Tampa.

SOSA, MARCO ANTONIO, 83, of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 23, 2004). Born in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, he moved here several years ago. He was a veteran of World War II and was an accountant for the federal government. Survivors include his wife, Milagros Romero; a son, Hector Sosa, Tampa; a daughter, Georgina Sosa-Ruiz, Puerto Rico; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Everett, Derr & Anderson Funeral Home, Tampa.

TURNER, FELTON C., 88, of Plant City, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2004). Born in Macon, Ga., he moved here in 1923. He was retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department, was a member of Mason-Olin S. Wright Masonic Lodge 79 F&AM, and was Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; three sons, Gary Turner, Steinhatchee, Bryan and Craig Turner, both of Plant City; a daughter, Janice Kinzler, Jacksonville; a brother, Eugene Turner, St. Petersburg; three sisters, Mildred Joiner, Elizabeth Lutin and Joyce Camp, all of Lakeland; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.

VALDES, LAURA L., 93, of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 16, 2004). Survivors include a sister, Eulalia Paul; and several nieces and nephews. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.