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CLAYWELL, BETTY A., 99, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2004). She came here in 1928 from Indiana and taught in Hillsborough County schools for 38 years. She was a member of Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, past president of Tampa Kiwanee Club, a charter member of Daughters of the Nile and an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Survivors include two daughters, Claridell C. Eason and Betty Lou Washington; a son, Henry A.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa.

CURRY, MICHAEL LEE, 32, of Tampa, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) in Tampa. He graduated from H.B. Plant High School and attended Hillsborough Community College and Santa Fe Community College. He was employed by Specialty Beverages and a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his mother, Dianne; three brothers, Pete, Nick and Dare; and two sisters, Suzanne and Deanna. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, South Tampa Chapel.

CURTIS, PAUL M., 88, of Thonotosassa, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) in Riverview. Formerly of Frankfort, Ind., he graduated from Jackson High School. He worked at Indiana Brass prior to joining the Army Air Corps where he served for 24 years spanning World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Air Force in 1965, he returned to Frankfort where he managed Frankfort Electric Office before moving to Thonotosassa in 1976. He was a past governor of the Moose Lodge, served as president of Clinton County Campers Association and Indiana State Campers Association and was a member of Thonotosassa United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Sara K., Riverview; two sisters, Helen Lipp, Frankfort, Ind. and Ruth Martin, Tarpon Springs. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

CONWAY, BESSIE "PETE," 82, of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at St. Joseph's Hospital. She retired from Hav-a-Tampa and was a member of Chelsea Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Linda P. Hinson, Tampa; two sons, Robert H. Gunn, Hudson and Michael S. Gunn, Plant City; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Garden of Memories, Tampa.

GONZALEZ, JOSE MARIA, 97, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2005) in Tampa. He was born in Lugo, Spain. Survivors include a son, Joe; a daughter, Annie Otero-Arufe; a sister, Maria Corton; and three grandchildren. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

HARRELL, AUDREY "JEAN," 77, of Dover, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005). She was a member of Limona Village Chapel United Methodist Church and former owner of Harrell Radio & TV with her husband. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Bobby; three sons, George Roland, Stanley F. and Daniel C. Brooks; a daughter, Audrey J. Lussier; two brothers, Homer Gardner and Ray Gardner; two sisters, Sarah Segars and Linda Judy; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

JONES, EDGAR T., 87, of Plant City, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2005) in Lakeland. Born in Brewton, Ala., he came to the area from Bartow in 1962. He was a productions manager for IMC for 35 years and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member and deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Brenda Layton and Joyce Wilkinson, both of Plant City; a sister, Evelyn Milton, Pinecrest; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

GREEN, LEROY JR. "SNOOK," 57, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2004). Born in Tampa, he was a 1966 graduate of Howard W. Blake High. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. serving as a fire protection supervisor and later as a recruiter. He received Professional Education Ribbons, Longevity Service Awards, National Defense Service Conduct Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and Air force Commendation Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years. Survivors include his wife, Anita; four sons, Leslie, Edward, Fredrick and Samuel; four daughters, Valerie, Carolyn, Ebony, and Karetta; his parents, Leroy and Bertha; four brothers, Freddie Jones, Leonard, Roger and Anthony; three sisters, Phyllis Pratt, Michelle Dennard and Miarita Webb; and 11 grandchildren. Ray Williams Funeral Home, Tampa.

McNAIR, JOE NATHAN, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Dec. 28, 2004). Born in Wabasso, he came here 50 years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ace Hardware Company after 22 years and was Pentecostal. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ruth L.; three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Waters, Deborah Jean Calhoun and Linda Patrice Hernandez; two sisters, Mercedes Dixon, Washington, D.C. and Mildred Dixon, Port St. Joe; a brother, Willie James; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Ray Williams Funeral Home, Tampa.

ODOM, WYNELLE D., 67, of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005) at her home of cancer. She was a third-grade teacher at Providence Christian School. Survivors include her husband, Chester; a son, David; a daughter, Diane McDonald; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

PETTENGILL, EVELYN, 88, of Tampa, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005). She was born in Antigo, Wis. Survivors include three sons, James E., Patrick H. and Michael E.; two daughters, DeeAnn Kirby and Janine M. Maggio; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Adams & Jennings Funeral Home, Tampa.

REDICK, DORIS PAULINE, 64, of Plant City, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) in Lakeland. Born in Albany, Ga., she was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Debra Jennison, Lakeland and Darlene Morris, Plant City; three brothers, Earl Rowe, South Carolina, Wayne Rowe, Plant City and David Rowe, Bowling Green; a sister, Geraldine McComas, Plant City; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

SIVERLING, LUCILLE A., 77, of Plant City, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005). She managed a chiropractic office with her husband. Survivors include her husband, Roy; two sons, David and Gerald; two sisters, Ruby Davidson and Mary Glaros; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all of Plant City. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

THOMAS, MARILYNN KAVIL, 21, of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Chicago, she was a respiratory therapist at St. Joseph's Hospital. Survivors include her parents, Leela and James; and a brother, Melvin. Terrace Oaks Funeral Home, Temple Terrace.

TORRES, ELIZABETH "LIZ," 22, of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005) of injuries sustained in a traffic accident. She was born in Fairfax, Va. Survivors include her parents, Jim and Carmen; two brothers, Jim Jr. and David; a sister, Jessica; and paternal grandparents Jaime and Rosin. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.

TORREY, PAUL EDMOND, 88, of Tampa, formerly of Largo, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005). Born in McGraw, N.Y., he moved to Bushnell from Largo in 1980 and to Tampa in 2001. He owned and operated a lounge. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a Pearl Harbor survivor and a member of VFW Post 10137. Survivors include his wife, Hope V., Tampa; three sons, Paul E. II, Bradenton, Kevin P., Tampa and Brian D., Bradenton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.

VIRGINIAK, HENRY, 93, of Apollo Beach, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 2004) in Lakeland. He was a U.S. navy veteran of World War II. He was past Tyler of the Samuel D. Sherwood Masonic Lodge, Springfield, Mass., and was awarded the Dwight H. Keyes Award for meritorious service in 1971. He sang in the Manatee Co. Sandpipers Barbershop Chorus for 20 years. Survivors include a daughter, Lucinda Rose, Lakeland; a sister, Florence Rybczyk, Lubec, Maine; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

WATKINS, LEROY LYONS, 85, of Plant City, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2005). He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard, serving during World War II and the Korean War, and was stationed in Africa and the Panama Canal area. After leaving the military, he worked with CF Industries as a stationary engineer for 30 years before his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Betty June; two daughters, Katherine Louise Holton and Joyce Carolyn Mabee; a son, Aldo Lee; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Plant City.

WIRTH, ARNOLD "CHA CHI," 82, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2005). He was a graduate of the University of Florida. He retired from the Social Security Administration where he worked for 26 years and served as director of parking at Tampa Stadium for 15 years. Survivors include two sons, Arnold L. "Arne" and Alan; a daughter, Belinda; a brother, Albert; a sister, Gardenia Hanson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa.

WRIGHT, DAVID LEE "TIGHT WRIGHT," of Houson, formerly of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 27, 2004). Born in Americus, Ga., he came here at age 5 amd graduated from Howard W. Blake High School in 1966. He also attended Florida A&M University. He was a former employee of National/Pan American Airlines, and was self-employed at Way Home Improvements as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Carol; a daughter, Kimberly Davis, Warner Robbins, Ga.; three sons, Roderick Ellis, Miami, Jay C. Williams and Nathaniel, Houston; his mother, Willie Bell Golden; three sisters, Gwendolyn Watkins, Lawrenceville, Ga., Rachel Ashley and Betty White, both of Hinesville, Ga.; and a brother, Ivory Kelly, Ozark Park, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Ray Williams Funeral Home, Tampa.