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Obituaries

Largo

Billups, Sami Jo, 36, of Largo, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006) at home. She came here in 2003 from her native Toledo, Ohio. She was owner of Sam's Flooring. She enjoyed golf, softball and flag football. Survivors include her parents, Phil and Betty Billups, Largo; and five brothers, Jeff, Arizona, Phil Jr. and Bryan, both of Ohio, and Lee and Barry, both of Florida. Taylor Family Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Pinellas Park.

St. Petersburg

Axilrod, Eric, 86, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2006) at Westminster Suncoast Health Center. He was born in New York City and moved here in 1996 from Palm Desert, Calif. He was an independent international economic consultant. He volunteered for the English Air Force before serving in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Margaret; two sons, Charles Cushing, St. Petersburg, and Doran Cushing, New Hampshire; and a brother, Stephen, New Hampshire. American Heritage Cremation Society, Holiday.

Clark, Linda L. "Lynn," 51, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006) at St. Anthony's Hospital.

She attended Gibbs High School and worked for 17 years in food service at Eckerd College. Survivors include her companion, Robert Walker; five daughters, Lashunda, Demetra, Phyllis, Tresa and Sheleri, a brother, Jimmie Clark, and a sister, Lola Clark, all of St. Petersburg; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Siviter, Robert Ernest, 88, of St. Petersburg, died Friday (Dec. 8, 2006) under hospice care at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

A St. Petersburg native, he attended Mirror Lake Junior High School and graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1936. He was a 1940 graduate of the University of Florida where he was a member of Beta Theta Psi fraternity. He earned the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and served as part of the command and general staff during World War II for 13 years in the South Pacific as well as service at the Pentagon. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Before his retirement, he owned and served as the president of Clarke-Siviter Co., a wholesale hardware distributor based in St. Petersburg. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Lakewood Country Club (past president), Rotary Club, Squires Club and Seamark Condominium board of directors (past president). He had served on the boards of directors of St. Petersburg Federal, Center Bank and National Bank of St. Petersburg. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Helen Childs Siviter, three children, William E. "Bill," Barbara S. Keller and Tawny S. Jones, all of St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren, Robert, Jennifer, Darly, Brett, Colleen, Melissa and Stephanie, and two great-granddaughters, Kiera and Helen, all of St. Petersburg. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

Jones, Athena Elizabeth, 73, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Tampa, died Monday (Dec. 4, 2006) at home.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, retired Maj. Robert R. Jones (U.S. Air Force); her children, Carin Lynn Perry and Michael Cornelius; a sister, Mary Margaret Young; two brothers, Bobby and Randy Poston; and grandchildren, Matthew, Casey and Sadell; and great-grandson, Athan. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

Stone, Kathleen Louise, 89, of St. Petersburg, died Dec. 2, 2006, at Westminster Suncoast.

She came here in 1987 from her native Portsmouth, Ohio, where she retired as a buyer for Marting's Department Store. She was a lifelong active member of Disciples of Christ Christian Church and held offices, including CWF president in Ohio and Florida. She was a licensed amateur radio operator with call letters WA8TOY. Survivors include a son, Fred, Bellbrook, Ohio; a daughter, Marilyn, St. Petersburg; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.

Seminole

Martin, Carrie M., 87, of Seminole, died Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006) at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park. She was born in New Castle, Pa., and came here in 1958 from Des Moines, Iowa. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of Trinity Church of Christ in St. Petersburg. Survivors include two sons, Edward Lee, Raleigh, N.C., and Brian D., Melbourne; a daughter, Brenda Diane Long, Largo; and five grandchildren. Royal Palm Funeral Chapel & Cemetery North, St. Petersburg.

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