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HILLSBOROUGH OBITUARIES

BARRON, CARMELLA MARY, 89, of Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006). Survivors include two sons, George and Joseph Zehner, Erie, Pa.; two daughters, Bonnie Edis, Riverview, and Debbie Minnick, Brandon; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Tampa.

BENJAMIN, VERNON E. "BEN," 90, of Bradenton, formerly of Tampa, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006). He served in the Coast Guard during World War II as an electrical technician on the atomic bomb project at Los Alamos, N.M. He retired from NASA in 1970, where he was a missions requirements officer. He was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron and the American Boat and Yacht Council. He was former president of the Washington, D.C., section of the Instrumental Society of America. He was a sailor. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Mary Alma LaPort. Mansion Memorial Park Funeral Home, Ellenton.

BENSON, EARL JR., 42, of Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006). Survivors include his parents, Barbara and Earl Sr. Wilson Funeral Home, Tampa.

BROWN, AURA ELIZABETH, 90, of Tampa, died Sunday (Feb. 12, 2006). She was born in Jeddo, Mich. Survivors include four sons, Dennis, Kenny, Gary and Ronnie; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Marsicano-B. Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa.

BRYAN, NOVA BEXLEY, 88, of Tampa, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006). Survivors include many family members. Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Tampa.

CRUZ, LAURA, 79, of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 18, 2006). Survivors include two daughters, Nori and Debbie Cruz; brothers; and other family and friends. Boza & Roel Funeral Home, Tampa

DANNER, MELVON "OLLIE," 85, of Tampa, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006). He was a World War II veteran, and a prisoner of war held by the Japanese for four years. When he returned to the United States, he became a self-employed businessman. He was a certified licensed underwriter and estate planner. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jean; two daughters, Peggy Danner and Sandra Eveland; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. MacDonald Funeral Home, Tampa.

FOWLER, MARGARETE, 86, of Plant City, died Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2006). Haught Funeral Home, Plant City.

FRAZIER, SHIRLEY E., 83, of Plant City, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006). She was born in Key West and was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Negron, Miramar. Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar.

JUDA, MARILYN L., 73, of Apollo Beach, died Saturday (Feb. 18, 2006). She was a kindergarten teacher and was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin. Survivors include her husband, Henry; two sons, Mark and Michael; two daughters, Sally Kochmar and Nancy Daniels; and nine grandchildren. Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center.

MARKWOOD-DECKER, PATSY SCOTT, 78, of Sun City Center, formerly of Bradenton, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006). Survivors include her husband, Winston; three sons, the Rev. Robert Grove-Markwood, Jeffrey Markwood and John Decker; and two daughters, Kathy Anthony and Jennifer Verhoff. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, Bradenton.

O'SHAUGHNESSY, JULIA MARIE, 53, of Tampa and North Redington Beach, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006) at Tampa General Hospital. She came here in 1972 from her native Altoona, Pa. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Robert; a daughter, Angela Butterworth, Tampa; two sons, Chris Butterworth, Plant City, and Jay Cooper, Lutz; two sisters, Tina Benner and Sherry Schorner, and five brothers, James Sesame, Robert Savino, Anthony Savino, Michael Savino and Henry Savino, all of Altoona; and four grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.

PADILLA, CARLOS V SR., 80, of Tampa, died Thursday (Feb. 16, 2006) at Melech Hospice House. He was born in Puerto Rico and he was a parts assembler for an airline supplier in New York. Survivors include three sons, Carlos Jr. and Victor Padilla, and Angel Andino, all of Tampa; a daughter, Sandra Andino, Tampa; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Trinity Memorial Gardens, Tampa.

PIPPIN, TARANCE P., 74, of Plant City, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006). He was retired from CF Industries where he worked in maintenance. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Hazel; three sons, Eugene, Plant City, Alvin, Mulberry and Charles, Lithia; two brothers, Cody, Plant City, and Lance, Chattanooga, Tenn.; three sisters, Nellie Jones Lithia, Aileen Fox and Cora Littlefield, both of Dade City; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.

PHILLIPS, DOROTHY A., 85, of Tampa, died Friday (Feb, 17 2006). Survivors include her husband, Ben. Blount & Curry Funeral Home.

RANG, ANTHONY J. JR., 94, died Friday (Feb. 17, 2006). Survivors include his wife, Veronica. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, Tampa.

RUSSELL, JAMES E., 69, of Tampa, died Sunday (Jan. 29, 2006) at James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn. and was in the Navy. Survivors include a daughter, Betta Prater, Knoxville, Tenn.; and a brother, Gary Hetrick, Tampa. Winslow Honors Funeral Chapel, Plant City.

SHIELDS, KATHRYN ELIZABETH "BETH," of Tampa, died Saturday (Feb. 18, 2006). She worked for the Hillsborough County school system for 44 years. Positions held include dean of girls at Robinson High School and assistant principal at Robinson. She was also principal of Coleman Junior High school and assistant superintendent of personnel, as well as assistant superintendent of instruction and deputy superintendent. Survivors include her husband Bill Shields Jr.; a brother, John S. Carr; a son, Douglas; a daughter, Kathy; and six grandchildren. Blount & Curry Funeral Home.

WRIGHT, AUSTIN JR., 65, of Riverview, died Sunday (Feb. 19, 2006). Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Wright; a son, Austin III; three daughters, Pam Lucier, Michelle Thornton and Annette Prince; his mother, Louise Wright; three brothers, Ed, Jimmy and J.W.; two sisters, Mildred Mayo and Lillian Creamer; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City.

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