1. Archive


ALAS, ESTELA V., 72, of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005). She served as the consul of Honduras for 16 years and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Victor Manuel; three daughters, Elia DiBetta, Maria Brownlee and Sandra Rizzi, all of Tampa; a son, Victor Jr.; two brothers, Jose Ricardo Castellon, New York and Gilberto Antonio Castellon; a sister Eleanor Ramirez, Arizona; and seven grandchildren. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa.

AYE, ELIZABETH S., 85, of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005). Born in Chicago, she lived in Beach Park for nearly 50 years. She was involved with the PTA, Beach Park Civic Association, Community Hospital Auxiliary, Hospice of Hillsborough County, and Berkeley Preparatory School. She was a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa Yacht & Country Club and Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. She spent her summers on a lake near Camden, Maine for 30 years. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara McStowe, Willmette, Ill.; a son, Walter, Tampa; and three grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

BATMAN, VIOLET J., 96, of Orlando, formerly of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005). She was a homemaker. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., she moved to Tampa in 1926 with her husband and then to Orlando in 1960. She was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Orlando, Order of Eastern Star, Seminole Heights Garden Club, Orlando Garden Club, and had been active in her children's schools in Tampa in the 1940s and 1950s. For 28 years, she was the co-owner and operator of Frostings on the Cake, Orlando. Survivors include three daughters, LuAnne, St. Petersburg, Dorothy Lewis, Raleigh, N.C., and Jane Anne Peterson, Orlando; two sons, Leo Jackson Jr., Sanford and Jon, Altamonte Springs; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Lake Ivanhoe Chapel, Orlando.

BECK, CAROLYN FAIRCHILD, 60, of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005). Survivors include four daughters, Penny Varnum, Elizabeth McKone, April LeHoullier and Lori; two sons, Tommy and Terry; two brothers, James Fairchild and Fred Fairchild; a sister, Patty Fairchild; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Garden of Memories Funeral home, Tampa.

BOURDON, PATRICIA, 78, of Apollo Beach, died Thursday (Jan. 6, 2005). Survivors include two sons, Michael and Donald; and two grandchildren. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

KUPFERBERG, DOROTHEA, of Tampa, died Thursday (Jan. 6, 2005). Born in Frederick, Md., she came here in 1997. She was a volunteer for 40 years with the American Cancer Society and helped initiate the Reach for Recovery programs in Hawaii, Guam, and Frederick. She was a member of Tall Cedars, Eastern Star, Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Grace United Church of Christ. Survivors include three sons, Robert Kehne, Jeffery Kehne and Stephen, all of Frederick; two daughters, Jill Cappadoro and Jody Lee, both of Tampa; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood.

MARCOM, EMMA A. YOH, 85, of Brandon, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at Brandon Regional Hospital. Born in Van Wert, Ohio, she came to the area 25 years ago. She retired from the Brandon post office, where she worked for many years. She was a charter member of the Apostles Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, J. Willard Marcom; two daughters, Jan Pardo and Judy Schmitt; two brothers, Dale Yoh and Gale Yoh; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon.

PARIS, CRAIG S., 31, of Tampa, died Monday (Jan. 3, 2005). Survivors include his parents, Tom and Melody; and two brothers, Jason and Joel. Garden of Memories Funeral Home, Tampa.

PHILLIPS, GEORGE W., 68, of Plant City, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005). Born in Marvin, Ga., he moved to the area in 1940. He was a building contractor and the owner of Phillips Home Improvements, Phillips Roofing Co. and George's Floor & Tile Co. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and an Army National Guard veteran. Survivors include his wife, Marie Phillips, Plant City; two sons, George W., Plant City and Michael Goff, Lakeland; four daughters, Brenda, Jacksonville and Lisa, Rhonda DeShong, and Sheila Goff, all of Plant City; two brothers, Robert and James, both of Plant City; three sisters, Fannie Mae Harwell, Plant City, and Mary Wiggins and Dorothy Averett, both of Lakeland; and five grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

PRICE, ALICE WELCH, of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 7, 2005). Born in Tampa, she graduated from Florida State University where she majored in chemistry and bacteriology. She served an internship in medical technology at Charity Hospital and later joined the laboratory staff at Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C. After getting married, she joined the office of cardiologist Dr. Samuel Crow in Asheville. She was member and past president of Women's Missionary Society of Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, Dallas and Fern Garden Club, Odessa. She was program committee chair of the University Village Garden Club. She was also a member of Tampa Bay Camellia Society, several church choirs, Sweet Adelines Club, Coral Springs, and AARP Keystone Chapter 5555. Survivors include her husband, Charles Jack; two daughters, Lillian Owen and Alice Lynn; two sons, Jack Jr. and George William; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, Tampa.

SPELLMAN, JOHN R., 80, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Tampa, died Saturday (Jan. 8, 2005) at LifePath Hospice. He was a retired partner of Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and pioneered the creation of the Management Information Systems consulting field. He was instrumental in the implementation of the first IBM computer. During his lifetime he lived in Hawaii, Chicago, Colombia and other countries in South America. He moved to Tampa with his wife and children in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Victoria; two sons, John and Kevin; four daughters, Molly Curl, Margarita, Paola and Nicole; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.