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BELL, SAMUEL CECIL SR., 82, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 2004). He was a native of Eccles, W.Va., and lived in Washington, D.C., before moving to Tampa. Survivors include two sons, Samuel Jr. and Alfreda Black; three daughters, Mary E. Chandler, Victoria J. Covlngton and Channie Bell; a brother, Percy Jr.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Ray Williams Funeral Home, Tampa.

BOWDEN, ROBERT, 83, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 2004). Survivors include six children. Jackson Funeral Home, Tampa.

BROWNING, JAMES "JIM" WESLEY, 72, of Lutz, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 2004). Born in El Dorado, Ark., he lived in the Brandon area for 48 years. He was a member of the Assemblies of God Church, and the owner/operator of ACME Signs in Tampa, Brandon Signs in Brandon, and Jim Browning Signs in Lutz. Survivors include his wife, Elva M.; a son, Wesley D.; two daughters Linda M. Hansen and Annette L. Severance; and 10 grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

DEATON, AGNES C., 79, of Villa Rica, Ga., formerly of Tampa, died Monday (Sept. 13, 2004). She was an active member and former secretary for Barringer Memorial Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Janet Lynn Deaton, Villa Rica; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and a stepsister, Loretta Rogers, Tampa. Beard Funeral Home, Huntington, W.Va.

DECKARD, DELBERT, 84, of Tampa, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 2004). He served in the Army during World War II, was a member of West Thonotosassa Baptist Church and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; two daughters, Sharon Owens, Tampa, and Judy McFarland, Jupiter; a son, Delbert Lee, Harker Heights, Texas; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa

DURHAM, EDWARD R., 79, of Tampa, died Saturday (Sept. 18, 2004). He was a native of Tampa and retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service, and from Waste Management. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include a son, Edward; a sister, Clara St. Angelo; and a grandson. Glass Funeral Home, Tampa.

FERGUSON, BARBARA ANN, 64, of Plant City, died Thursday (Sept. 16, 2004) in Tampa. Born in Queens, N.Y., she was a longtime resident of the local area and a benefit coordinator for an insurance company. Survivors include, three sons, Scott, Plant City, Dr. John L. and Dr. Keith, both of New York; a daughter, Lauren Bridges, Valrico; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.

GREEN, TONYA, 47, of Tampa, died Thursday (Sept. 16, 2004). Born in Miami, she was a resident of Tampa for four years. She was a member of Women of Destiny, Ladies of Ministry, and Tribe Leader of Paula White Ministry. She was a project manager for Global Worklife at IBM. Survivors include her husband, Barry; a son, Joshua; a daughter, Aubre; her mother, Ann Dyes; and two sisters, Diane Paschal and Sharon Eubank. Ray Williams Funeral Home, Tampa.

GUNDERSEN, CHRISTIAN J., 83, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 2004) at his residence. Born in Norway, he was a master mariner and worked for 23 years as a Panama Canal pilot. He was a member of the Egypt Temple Shrine, Scottish Rite of Panama Canal and the Masons. Survivors include seven grandchildren. Blount & Curry, West Chapel, Tampa.

KEYES, BRADY L., 74, of Riverview, died Sunday (Sept. 12, 2004). Survivors include members of his family. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home, Tampa.

LAPORTA, JANET M., 51, of Brandon, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 2004) at Brandon Regional Hospital. Born in Starke, he moved to this area in 1997. Survivors include many friends. Affinity Direct Cremation Service, Brandon.

McCALLISTER, M.G. "MAC", 59, of Tampa, died on Thursday (Sept. 16, 2004). A disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, he retired with honors in 1982 from Fort Jackson, S.C. In 1984, he and his family made their home in Tampa, where he worked for civil engineers at MacDill Air Force Base until 1995. He was the sole proprietor of McCallister's Air Conditioning. Survivors include his wife, Tip; a daughter, Donna; a son, Adrian; three sisters, Sue Campbell, Jennifer Mead and Ruby Gubernath; a brother, David; and two grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

McCARDY, SAMUEL, 80, of Tampa, died Thursday (Sept. 16, 2004) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He worked for Ferman Chevrolet and served in the Army. Survivors include two sisters, Edna Jennings and Linda Shepard, both of Tampa; and two brothers, Joseph W., Tampa and William C., Jacksonville. Everett-Derr & Anderson, Tampa.

RAULERSON, LETA JOHNS, 95, of Dover, died Monday (Sept. 20, 2004) in Brandon. She was a lifelong resident of the local area, and worked in food services for the Hillsborough County school system. Survivors include a son, Richard, Pinecrest; a daughter, Mary Ellen Blanton, Plant City; a sister, Bernice Strickland, Homosassa; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.

VALDES, ALBERT, 89, native of Tampa, died Thursday (Sept. 16, 2004). Survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Hernandez, Tampa, and Cecilia Gross, Atlanta; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, South Tampa.

VINCENT, PIERRETTE A., 80, of Sun City Center, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 2004). She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Andre. Sun City Center Funeral Homes, Sun City Center.

WILSON, GEORGE L., 55, of Plant City, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 2004). Born in Tampa, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired furniture builder and Baptist. He served in the Navy. Survivors include two sons, George L. Jr., Zephyrhills, and Michael, Plant City; two daughters, Anissa Betancourt, and Stephanie Smith, both of Plant City; two sisters, Wanda Taylor, Bradenton, and Theresa "Tiny" Burner, Waycross, Ga.; and five grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

WYSOCK, HENRY R., 92, of Sun City Center, died Saturday (Sept. 18, 2004). He was a World War II veteran. Survivors include a niece, Elaine Partyka; and a nephew, Richard. Sun City Center Funeral Homes, Sun City Center.