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BAKER, Jamika Lashawn 33 of St. Petersburg, died May 7, 2011. She was a 1996 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School and received her A.A. degree in Criminal Justice from St. Petersburg College. She was a 2008 graduate of St. Petersburg Police Academy and member of the Pillar of Faith Deliverence Church of Clearwater. Survivors, husband, Alex Baker Sr.; sons, Alex,Jr. and JaQuan Baker; daughter, JaQuaysia Baker; mother, Dorothy Scott; father, Joseph Mells; brothers, Timothy Works and Montel Garner; sisters, Joeyolanda Mells and Felicia Cohens-Mells, Lakeshia Walker, Priscilla Jackson, Timora and Anjalicia Works; step-sisters, Nicole McKinnon and Artavia Walker; grand-father, Herbert Scott; other relatives and friends Funeral service Sat., May 14th, 11 am- Greater Grand Central Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation Friday, May 13th, 4-8 pm, family will receive friends 6 pm at Smith Funeral Home 894-2266. Share condolences

BALL, John C. 70, of Palm Harbor, died May 10, survived by wife of 29 years, Doris; daughters Sheryl Beach, Sue Ball both of Clw; sister Sharon Boone of NC; 3 grandchildren.

BARR, Ralph W. Jr. 97, of Palm Harbor, passed away May 9, 2011. He was born in Akron, OH and moved to Florida in 1973. He is survived by his daughters, Peggy Rinehart, husband Marc, Karen Lowe, husband Rusty; four grandsons; five great-grandchildren and sister, Jeanette Swires. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Village on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760 or Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd, Suite 709, Clearwater, Florida 33762.

BOURRET, Nelson G. Jr. 84, of Seminole, died May 8, 2011. Survived by his loving family. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. Oldsmar 813-855-2439

BRENTON, Lloyd L. 90, of Pinellas Park, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011. He is survived by his son, David; 5 daughters, Kathryn, Judy, Bobby-Jo, Marie, and Marion; a sister, Ruby; several grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. He served in the Canadian Army during WWII. He worked for the Disabled American Veterans at Bay Pines Hospital until the time of his passing. Friends will be received at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Thursday May 12, 2011 from 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11 am at the funeral home, interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Disabled American Veterans Association: 2015 SW 75th St. Gainesville, FL 32607. Memorial Park Funeral Home

BROWN, Lucy M. (Rizzi) 94, of Bayonet Point, passed away May 10, 2011 under the care of HPH. Formerly of Tarrytown, NY. Retired from New York Telephone. Member of Telephone Pioneers of America and St. Michaels Parish. Predeceased by husband of 55 years, Henry A. Brown. Survived by 1 son, Henry C. (Jeannie); 2 grandchildren, Kenny Brown and Karen Garcia; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Frank Rizzi; and 2 nieces, Bonnie Hutta and Rosemary Raczon. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2011, from 1-3 pm, with funeral services and burial to follow at Grace Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Hudson grace

BROWN, V. Edward "Ed" 89, of Largo, passed away May 8, 2011. He was born in Terre Haute, IN. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II in the Pacific. He was a member of the Turner Brandon American Legion and the Elks and a former member of Christ the King R.C. Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Minor Brown, survived by his wife Barbara Brennen Brown. Ed was an independent salesman serving Rural Acceptance Corp and a real-estate agent. A memorial at East Bay Oakes will be announced at a later date.

BURKEE, Ronald R. 80, of New Port Richey, died May 4, 2011, survived by loving family. Memorial service May 15th, at 1 pm at Hacienda Village Clubhouse, 7107 Gibralter Ave. NPR 34653

BUSCHENA, Arnold J. Jr (Arnie), 90, of Clearwater, passed away May 6, 2011. He was born in Winthrop, Mass. and was a veteran of WWII, severing in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. degree. He came to St. Pete in 1951 and came to Clearwater in 2001. He worked for Florida Power Corp; retiring after 31 years as a Transmissions Project Engineer. He was a 50 year volunteer in the B.S.A., were he held the Wood Badge and Silver Beaver Award. Survived by 2 sons Arnold J. III, Jacksonville, Paul F., Irvington, KY and a step-son Franklin C. Bowman, Clearwater. He had six grand children and eight great grand children.

BUTLER, Lois V. 70, of Clearwater, passed away on Tuesday, May 10th, at her home with family by her side. Service info and an online guest book may be found at 727-796-1992

BUTTON, Rodney E. "Pete" 69, of Tampa went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Born in Montour Falls, NY. Pete had been a local resident since 1972 moving here from Watkins Glen, NY. He was a retired Electronic Senior Buyer for the Honyewell Company and most recently from Reptron. Pete was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved church where he served with the Homeless Ministry, cooking, the beach and taking vacations in the mountains. Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Ruby; daughtes; Theresa Pages, Colleen (Mark) Maddox; brothers, Thomas (Kathy) Button, Richard Button; sisters, Sally (Richard) Keefer, and Karen Button; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Sergio, Brittany, Juan, Katie, Abby, Anna and three great-grandchildren, Bradley, Juliet and Victoria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayland and Luella (Hicock) Button and his sisters, Patricia Button and Shirley Beebe. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11 am at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home with Dr. Paul Enns officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park. Memorial donations to Lutz First Baptist Church Homeless Ministry, 18116 North U.S. Hwy. 41, Lutz, FL. 33549 would be great appreciated . Condolences may be offered at

CASE, John Eugene 46, of Holiday, died May 5. Survived by sons, Daniel, Mike & Chris. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday 727-937-7555

COBLE, Luther J. 86, of Dunedin, passed May 8, 2011. Luther was a WWII Veteran in the U.S. Navy. Survived by his wife, Rita; step-son, William; step-granddaughte,r Alissa; niece, Nancy Caslick of Oregan; nephew, James Bollero of Indiana and other nieces and nephews of the Indiana area. Curlew Hills

CORTES, Miguel A. 76, passed away on May 8, 2011 in Tampa. Gonzalez Funeral Home 813-931-1833.

DAYTON, Dorothy E. 87 of St. Petersburg passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011. A member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Women's Club, Mrs. Dayton was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Dayton: brothers, Joe, Francis, Kenny, William and Andrew Denick. She is survived by her loving children, Penni Murray and her husband, Donnie, Leonard Dayton and his wife, Jane; loving sister to Patsy Lybolt. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church 7851-54th Ave. No, St. Petersburg, FL 33709 on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10 am. Interment will be held private at a later date. We will be having a memorial brunch at the church in her honor. Dottie loved to travel all throughout her life. She was kind and generous to everyone she met. She loved life and she loved her grilled cheese sandwiches. Always on our minds....and forever in our hearts....We Love You Mom

DOBY, Eve C. 73, of Tampa, passed May 8. Survived by children and other relatives. Viewing Friday, 5-9 pm at Wilson Funeral Home.

DORSEY, Joe 64, Largo, passed May 8. Funeral service 1 pm May 14, at Mt. Ovile MBC. Visitation, 6-8 pm May 13 at Carnegie-Dallas Funeral Services 727-330-7661

DOWELL, Mary (Mazie) LeGrand, 88, of Freedom Plaza, Sun City Center, died May 9, 2011. She was born in Glennville, GA on the 11 Sept 1922 and lived in Tybee Island, GA until her marriage in 1944. She was an Air Force wife and lived many places including Bavaria, Germany and Suffolk, England. She moved to St. Petersburg, in 1964, where her husband retired from active duty at MacDill AFB. She was a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg for over forty years where she served as an Elder and Deacon and taught Sunday school before moving to Freedom Plaza and joining the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Frank; son, William L. Dowell and wife, Kathy, of Eden, Utah; daughter, Frances D Beeson and husband, Bruce, of Wimaum; and two grand-children, Scott and Elizabeth Dowell of Eden, Utah.

GEE, Jack Atwell 76, of Tampa, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011. He was born May 20, 1934 in Petersburg, VA to Freddie B. and Mary E. Wright Gee. Before Jack retired he worked in retail sales. He is survived by his many friends. Words of comfort may be expressed at 813-237-2900

HAMPTON, Aubrey 76, founder and CEO of Aubrey Organics, and co-founder and patron of Gorilla Theatre, in Tampa, died peacefully on May 9, 2011, after a brief illness. A pioneer in natural hair and skin care, Aubrey started and operated one of the first natural cosmetic companies in the U.S., with plant-based, synthetic-free products sold all over the world. A vital supporter of the arts community, he co-founded Gorilla Theatre with his late wife, playwright Susan Hussey, who passed away two years ago. He was born Oct. 23, 1934, in New Albany, IN, the son of an organic farmer and a kitchen chemist who made her own herbal beauty products at home. In 1967, he founded Aubrey's Nature Labs with just two products, simple beginnings he quickly grew into Aubrey Organics, the multi-national company that bears his name. A prolific author, Aubrey's books include Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care, What's in Your Cosmetics, and The Take Charge Beauty Book, co-authored with his wife, Susan. He was publisher of Organica: A Magazine of Arts and Activism, a free publication distributed through health food stores nationwide. Multi-faceted and multi-talented, Aubrey enjoyed another successful career as a playwright and theatre producer, bringing countless high-end productions to the Gorilla Theatre, as well as staging his own original works. He published two books of plays, GBS and Company, based on the life of George Bernard Shaw, and Wolf Trilogy. In 2000, he founded the Young Dramatists Project, a playwriting competition for middle and high school students, which awards full-scale productions of short plays to budding playwrights. At the heart of his legacy is his joyful and generous spirit. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his two sons, Mitchell and Trevor, and a sister, Millie Newman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and his brothers Hugh, Kermit and Quentin. Visitation and reception will be held at Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 N. Dale Mabry, on Saturday, May 14, from 3-7 pm, with a service at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, or The Gorilla Theatre.

HANNA, Robert Tommy 63, passed away on May 9, 2011. An Air Force Veteran. He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen; son, Robert (Marianne) Hanna, daughter, Terri (Sean) Montgomery; brothers, James and Joe Hanna; sisters, Becky Riggs and Jean Clayton; 5 grand- children, Megan and Kelly Montgomery, Robin, Maureen and Sean Hanna. A visitation will be held Sunday May 15th from 1-3 and 5-7. The service will be held on Monday at 11 am at the funeral home chapel with burial to take place at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Veterans Administration. Visit

HARRIS, Clyde James Sr. 84, of Lake City, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Lake City V.A. Hospital. He was a native of Plant City, and moved to the Lake City area in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Bernice McCollum Harris; sons, Clyde Harris, Jr. (Mary) Plant City; Craig Harris, Jacksonville; granddaughter, Cheryl Harris Abbey (James) of Plant City; step-children, William McCollum of Lake City, Linda Creamer (Calvin) of Lake City, Gary McCollum (Susan) of Jacksonville, and grandchildren, Abby Stalvey (Mike), Amy Brown (David), Angie Anschultz (Paul), Bradley McCollum, Brian McCollum. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren. Clyde was a retired school administrator of Live Oak. He also graduated fromStetson University with honors in 1954, served as Pastor of Mango Baptist Church, and as a science teacher in Live Oak, was a member of the American Legion Post #57; The Veteran of foreign Wars Post# 2206; and the Lake City Moose Lodge # 624. His church membership was at the Southside Baptist Church of Lake City. He was an avid sportsman of hunting and fishing. Visitation with family and friends will be 6 to 8 pm Friday, May 13, 2011 at Wells Memorial Funeral Home in Plant City with a funeral service 11 am on Saturday at Wells. Interment will follow at Mt. Enon Cemetery in Plant City. There will be a Memorial Service at 2 pm Tuesday May 17th at the First Baptist Church in Lake City.

HASTINGS, Mary Anna 91, died May 7. Preceded in death by husband, Charles Sr. Survived by sons Charles Jr., Tony & Jack; daughter, Dorothy Morrissey; 13 grands; 34 greats. NCS Clearwater 536-0494

HAWKINS, John P. 49, of Clearwater, died May 8. Survived by 2 brothers, Michael Jr., Robert; and sister Christina. Abbey Affordable Cemation & Funeral Services, Inc.

HERNANDEZ, Oscar Dennis 67, of Tampa, passed away on May 9, 2011 in Clearwater. He is survived by his son, Oscar Dennis Hernandez Jr. and his daughter, Denise Ann Hernandez. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm at the funeral home located at 4730 N Armenia Ave where a service will be held at 7 pm. Private interment will be held on Friday at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Boza & Roel Funeral Home 813-877-7676

JUDAH, Lenton D. age 75, of Piketon, OH, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 6th. Visitation Thursday, 4-8, Service Friday, 10 am, all at Moss Feaster Funeral Home.

JULIA, Vincent J. Jr. 69, of Spring Hill, died May 10, 2011. Visitation 6-8 pm, May 16, at Turner Funeral Home, 14360 Spring Hill Dr. Funeral Mass 10 am May 17, at St. Joan of Arc Church.

KEEN, Bobbie W. 61 of Tampa, passed away May 9, 2011. Born January 1950, Bobbie was a graduate of East Bay High School and the University of Tampa. He had a distinguished 31-year-career as a High School band director, leading the Leto Falcon Band 20 years and Plant seven years. Predeceased by parents, Marion and Verda; brothers, Earl and Lonnie. He is survived by wife, Vivien; son, Bobby (Melissa), stepdaughters, Stacey Lane (John) and Dana Botner (Phil); brother, Donald (Shirley); sisters, Helen Rhodes and Geraldine Chancey (Lenard); seven grandsons; and loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 10 am at First United Methodist Church of Brandon, Saturday, May 14, 2011 with service starting at noon. Interment will take place in Keen Cemetery, Parrish, FL. Stowers Funeral Home 813-689-1211

KENDALL, Roberta Sayre passed away May 8, 2011. Survived by two sons, Ralph Jr., and David; two grand-children, and 3 great-grandchildren.

LaCOMBE, Roseann Alice 49, of St. Petersburg, entered into rest May 9, 2011. Roseann was born in Hamden, CT. on June 15, 1961 where she resided until 2004 when she moved to St. Petersburg. She was a devoted mother to Brittney, Stephanie, Shannon LaCombe and a great friend to many. She is gone but never forgotten and will be greatly missed. A mass will be announced by the family. Arrangements are being made by ALife Tribute, 716 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33770

LAIL, Harold E. 83, of St. Petersburg, died May 9, 2011. He came here in 1960 from Catawba County, NC. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a retiree of The Southland Corporation. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis S. Lail of Claremont, NC; a daughter, Linda Wolff of Seminole; and two grandsons. Entombment will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg. Condolences may be sent to the Lail family at The Lail family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover, NC.

LAMBERT, Robert F. 58, of Spring Hill, passed away May 10, 2011. Visitation 2-6 pm May 15, with a service at 4 pm at Turner Funeral Home, 14360 Spring Hill Drive. 352-796-9661

LAZARSKI, Christopher James 36, of Holiday, died May 7. Survived by wife, Michaela; children, Jessica, Christian, Devon, Annalisa, Nevaeh & Gavrielle. Dobies Hudson

LOVE, Robert William 49, of New Port Richey, passed away May 6, 2011. We will always think of you, John, Barbara, Marie, Shawn, Debra, Billy Jean. You are at peace with mom, dad and Cheryl.

LUETHY, Harold Rudolph 1914-2011 Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Harold Rudolph Luethy's earthly pilgrimage of 97 years drew to a close. Born in Camden, NJ to immigrants from Switzerland, Harold was raised in Pennsauken, NJ. The lives of Harold Rudolph Luethy and Ruth Albertine Newell were joined together in matrimony on July 3, 1943. After Harold returned from Okinawa where he served in the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army during the closing days of WWII, he and Ruth settled down on a small poultry farm near Mount Holly, NJ where they raised a family of nine children. During that time period, Harold was also employed at Rohm & Haas until his retirement in 1974. In 1978 Harold and Ruth relocated to Redington Shores. Harold's hobbies included bowling, reading, researching American Family Bibles, and following the Tampa Bay Rays. Harold is survived by Ruth, his wife of 67 years, his nine children; fifteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. For the past thirty two years, they have served and worshipped their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any desired donations be sent to Christar (PO. Box 850367, Richardson, TX 75085 - Acct. # 709-70) to support the ministry of their son and daughter- in-law, Jonathan and Dorothy Luethy, in Japan where they have labored in church planting for the past thirty years. We rejoice in the knowledge that we will one day be reunited eternally because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. John 3:16

MacDOUGAL, Lois Ann age 75, of Floral City, died May 9, 2011, at Brentwood Health Care Facility in Lecanto. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of private arrangements.

MACMILLAN, Anne Meredith Hawkins 94, went to be with the Lord on Mother's Day, 2011. She was a dear and loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She lived a long, faithful, and fruitful life. Anne was born in Eutaw, AL, in 1916. Her family moved to Gainesville, when she was a young girl. She was graduated from Gainesville High School and Stetson University, where she double majored in Art and English, was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and met the love of her life. For 55 years Anne was the devoted wife of Judge Hugh MacMillan, who was originally from Winnipeg, Canada. Anne and Hugh were married at First Baptist Church of Gainesville in 1939. After several moves while Hugh was an agent for the FBI during WWII, Anne and Hugh settled in West Palm Beach where they raised their four children: Hugh, Jr. (Carol) of Tallahassee; Neil William (Carole) of Ft. Pierce; John Meredith (Marti) of Mountain City, GA; and Anne Meredith MacMillan Baldy (Trey) of Tampa. Anne moved to Tampa in 1997. Her Christian faith was central to her life and she was an active church member. Anne thoroughly enjoyed gardening, painting, and flower arranging. She graciously practiced hospitality. Other interests included travel and Florida Gators football. She was a member of the Palm Beach Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and Amaryllis Circle of the West Palm Beach Garden Club. In addition to her four children, Anne leaves a legacy of 12 grandchildren: Sarah MacMillan Griffin (Dan) of Tallahassee; Hugh Robert MacMillan (Kristen) of Washington, D.C.; Cassi Bergeron (Pat) of Luling, LA; Neil A. MacMillan (Karyn) of Orlando; Lynn Crochet (Stephane) of Versailles, France; Katy Trout (Dave) of Palm Beach Gardens; Gavin MacMillan of Ft. Lauderdale; Mary Dunham (Nathan) & Anne MacMillan of Mountain City, GA; and Anne Meredith Baldy, Anderson Baldy & Robert Baldy of Tampa; and 11 great-grandchildren: Anne-Katherine & Aiden Griffin, Malcolm Hoch MacMillan, Courtney & Trent Bergeron, Khyra & Aedan MacMillan, Augustine & Gabriel Crochet, and Alexander & Madelyn Trout. Anne's family would like to thank the staff of Hudson Manor on Davis Islands for the excellent care and loving support they gave to Anne. A memorial service will be held in Tampa on Sunday, May 15, at 3 pm at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Hyde Park Ave, Tampa FL 33606. Interment will be in Gainesville on Monday, May 16, at 11 am at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30 Please sign the online guestbook at Blount & Curry Funeral Home MacDill Chapel 813-876-2421

MAINS, Karen Lea 43, entered into rest May 8, 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of 23 years, Donald Logan Mains, Jr.; sons, Justin and Austin Mains; father, Daniel Hildenbrand; brother, Daniel Hildenbrand, Jr. (Pam); sisters, Danita Torgerson (Sean), Bonnie Hildenbrand and Kim Cottrell (Rick) and an extended loving family and friends. Karen was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A Funeral Service will be held 11 am with visitation 10-11 am Sunday, May 15, 2011 both at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.

McCLANATHAN, Dr. Donald E. 92, passed away May 8, 2011, at Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, IL. He was born on April 1, 1919, in Westfield, IL to George and Eva Wheat McClanathan. Donald attended high school in Sterling, IL and Freeport, IL graduated in 1936. He obtained a Bachelors degree from Purdue Univ. in 1941. Donald married Jeannine Halberg on March 7, 1951, in Sterling, IL. He graduated from the Univ. of Illinois College of Medicine in 1944, with an MD degree. In 1952, Donald completed his medical internship and surgical residency from Cook Co. Hospital in Chicago, IL. Donald was a member of the American College Surgeons, Board Certified, and a member of the Rotary in St. Petersburg. He attended the East Jordan United Methodist Church in Sterling, IL and Terra Ceia United Methodist Church in Terra Ceia. His military service included duty as Public Health Officer in a Military Government Team Occupation Forces in Japan as a (SCAP) Special Command Asia and Pacific. In 1952, Donald settled in St. Petersburg, to practice surgery. He was a staff member of Bay Front Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital and Palms of Pasadena in St. Petersburg. He held the position as Hospital Vice Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff at St. Anthony's Hospital. In 1968, he became the Chief of staff at Bay Front Hospital and then managed the Emergency Dept. until he retired in 1988. Donald is survived by his wife Jeannine of 60 years; 4 children; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the East Jordan Methodist Church in Sterling, IL. Internment will take place at the East Jordan Cemetery, Sterling, IL. Rev. Lee McClanathan will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name, for the Terra Ceia U.M. Church, P.O. Box 141 Terra Ceia, FL 34250.

MCCLELLAN, Malcolm Wallace "Mac" of Tampa, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Memorial Hospital. He was born March 24, 1946, to Malcolm Wallace McClellan Sr. (deceased) and Virginia F. McClellan-Bettinghaus in Yonkers, NY. Mac's love of the sea began early in life, rehabbing a sunken dingy with his best friend, Ritchie, sailing in Santa Moriches, NY. After relocating to Orlando and attending Lyman High School, Mac showed early fortitude and a strong work ethic, working various jobs, after which he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1969. Mac served in the Navy for 30 years and achieved the rank of Commander. After retiring from the military, Mac's entrepreneurship came to the fore and he created Quality Measuring Services for the home improvement trade. Mac is survived by his loving wife, Donya; his mother, Virginia; his sons and daughters, Cara McClellan, Jacob Hickerson, Joshua Hickerson and Bridgette; many siblings and numerous friends. The family requests in lieu of flowers, those choosing, may make donations to the Intrepid Fallen Hero's Fund ( in Mac's memory. "Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam, and in your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen. Most of them dream; most of them dream." (Jimmy Buffet)

MERCER, Loretta 74, passed away May 9, 2011, in New Port Richey. Loretta was a Navy veteran and while stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, met the love of her life, Johnny, in 1959. They were married in 1961 and enjoyed 34 wonderful years until his untimely passing in 1995. She is survived by her only son, Greg. Loretta's adventurous life took her from Raleigh, NC, to Colorado, Montana, and Virginia, where she received her Bachelors degree from Radford University and went on to obtain her Masters in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She and Johnny eventually settled in New Port Richey in the mid-80s, where she remained until her passing. While in New Port Richey, Loretta opened her own counseling practice and worked and counseled for hospitals, charities, and the court system. She touched and helped many lives in her work and was very well-respected by her colleagues in her profession. Loretta's passions in life were reading, enjoying the beach, traveling, spending time with family, friends, and her precious dog, Missy. Her love for Johnny, Greg, Missy, friends, and clients was unparalleled. She was a loving, generous, mother and wife, and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Visitation will be held at North Meadowlawn Funeral Home on Friday, May 13, from 6-8 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 14 at St. Thomas Aquinas, with interment to follow at North Meadowlawn Cemetery. Share condolences at

MIELY, Chesta L. 94, of Sun City Center, passed away May 10, 2011. She retired as a seamstress for the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA and was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Armond Robert Miely; three sons, Ronald (Karen) Miely, Kenneth (Patricia) Miely and Gregory Miely; three daughters, Judith (Mark) Rothermel, Karen Miely and Anita (Jeff) Stimson, 12 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center 813-634-9900.

MILLARD, Joseph L., IV 63, of Kenneth City, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011. He was born in Youngstown, OH and came here in 1956 from New Middleton, OH. He was a graduate of Florida State University. He was the owner of America's Best Counter Tops in Pinellas Park. He is survived by his wife, Betty Veronneau; 1 daughter, Jennifer L. (Mark) Schley; 1 son, Robert J. (Brenda) Millard; his mother, Mary Lou Millard; 1 brother, Daniel (Luanne) Millard all of St. Petersburg; 2 sisters, Terry (Jackie) Cooper of Perry, GA, LouAnn (Alan) Lovell of Clearwater; 5 grandchildren, Jason, Cole, Anthony, Arianna, and Brody. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Millard, III. A memorial service will be 3 pm Friday, May 13, 2011 at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home 4100-16th St. No. with Rev. Sean Cooper officiating. Online memorial and guest book at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home St. Petersburg 727-528-2880

MILLER, Grace Harling 92, of St. Petersburg, died May 10, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She is survived by a loving family. For complete obit & ceremony info, visit

MOBLEY, Donald 59, of Tampa, passed May 7th. Survived by wife, children and relatives. Viewing Friday, 5-9 pm, wake 6-7 pm at Wilson Funeral Home.

O'BRIEN, Nancy Jean 67, of Brooksville, died, May 10, 2011. Survived by husband, Joseph; 4 children; 1 brother; 4 grandchildren. Pinecrest Funeral Chapel 352-684-0001.

PARKER, Beverly 72, of Ridge Manor passed away peacefully at home in the care of Hospice. Born in Buffalo, NY, she retired from the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Hillsborough County). She is survived by her partner in life, Richard Elliott; sons, Scott Parker (Melanie) and John Parker (Joanie); daughter, Pamela Peterson (Roy); granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Jessica and Madison; sister, Barbara Adams (David); brother, Robert Greene, Jr.; 11 nephews and nieces; Mr. Elliott's family, Terri Prieto, Dana Dove, Rick Elliott and 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to HPH Hospice. Services and interment to be held in Hamburg, NY.

PARTRIDGE, Charles E. 88, of Clearwater passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr., Clearwater, FL, with the Rev. Donald Jones officiating. Inurnment will be in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. Memorial contributions can be made to Heritage United Methodist Church.

PECHNIK, Edward W. 91, of Hudson, died May 8. Survived by son Edward J.; daughter Diane; 3 grand- children; 1 great-grandchild. National Cremation & Burial Society - Hudson, FL

PETERSON, Grace K. "Lois" 87, passed away on May 4th, 2011 at HPH Hospice Care Center, Dade City, after a short illness, with her family, pastor and dear friend Geanne at her side. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Peterson. She is survived by her nephew, Jeffrey S. Peterson and his wife, Melanie; grandnephew, Dillon and grandniece, Andrea from Connecticut. She also leaves a niece, Traci Peterson also of Connecticut. Grace was born July 17, 1923 in Amsterdam, NY, daughter of Grace and Lewis Knueppel. Grace was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel, where she had many wonderful and loving friends. She enjoyed knitting and making crafts with the Women's Guild. In her younger years, she had a strong passion for golf and played often. Grace made friends everywhere she went, from her handyman to her housekeeper, neighbors to her golf buddies. She was loved by all who met her and she will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 2:30 pm at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Grace's family would like to extend their thanks to everyone that looked after her and took time to be there for her in time of need. Words of comfort may be expressed at Blount Curry Funeral Homes 813-968-2231

PETROVSKY, Joseph S. passed away May 11, 2011. He is survived by his loving family. See full obit at R.Lee Williams & Son 727-527-1177

PRIMROSE, Patricia 77, passed away May 4, 2011. She is survived by her children Thomas and Linda Curtain, James and Melinda Curtain and Patricia and Phillip Livengood; grandchildren Thomas, Angela, Thomas, Alix and Kaitlyn; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Jake; her nephews William, Thomas and John Ryan. Pat was an avid boater, bingo player and bowler. Neptune Society

REID, Yolanda 85, of Clearwater, died May 3, 2011. Survived by her loving family. Holloway Funeral Home, Inc. Oldsmar 813-855-2439

ROBERTS, Diane Lee 58, of Clearwater, formerly of Wickliffe and Mentor, OH, passed away suddenly May 9, 2011. Loving wife of James; beloved daughter of Shirley Petti; sister of Frank Ruggiero (Janeen) and Cindy Ruggiero; dear daughter-in-law of Arthur Roberts (Coletta); loving sister-in-law of Elaine Reardon (Tim), Michael Roberts (Rose) and Rita Peters (Ken). Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 13, 2011, at 11:30 am at St. Brendan Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Diane's name to St. Brendan Catholic Church, 245 Dory Passage Clearwater, FL 33767.

RUSHKA, Gerald 62, of Hudson, passed away May 10, 2011. He is survived by a loving family and friends. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, 813-835-4991

SCALISCE, Geraldine 87, of Holiday, went home Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Her loving family is holding a memorial service Sunday, May 15, at 11 am at ALifeTribute-Gulfport

SIRMANS, James Henry 88, of St. Petersburg, died on April 26, 2011 Funeral service Saturday, May 14th, 11 am -Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Visitation, Friday, May 13th, 4-8 pm at Smith Funeral Home 894-2266. Share condolences

SMALL, James Jr. 82, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011. Survivors include a devoted loving daughter, Linda Roberts. Visitation Friday, 4 to 8 pm at the mortuary. Funeral service Saturday, 11 am at Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, Tarpon Springs. Online guestbook at

SOLIMANDO, Mildred 84, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 10th, under the care of hospice. She was born in Monroe, MI, and moved to Horseheads, NY in 1965, where she was a quality control technician for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Mildred retired to St. Petersburg in 1988. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; son, Dennis and step son, Frank. Her survivors include sons Bobby (Apolonia) Epperson, Leroy (Betty) Epperson, Gary Epperson, Michael (Wanda) Epperson; step-daughter Joan (Larry) Martin; step daughter-in-law Anna Solimando-Duffy; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sisters Nell Bull and Patricia Baiardi and brother Bruce (Diane) Wilmoth. A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 15th, from 4 pm to 6 pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held on Monday, May 16th, at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Memorial Park Funeral Home 527-1196

THOMSON, Joan D. 75, of Seminole, passed away May 9, 2011. Joan moved to Seminole from her native Yonkers, NY. She was a registered nurse and retired from Morton Plant Hospital after 22 years of service. Joan is survived by her husband of 52 years, John "Jack"; daughters, Barbara (Dirk) Mazzei and Marge Aspell and granddaughter, Abby Aspell, all of Seminole. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Friends may call from 1 pm until service times at 2 pm Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Entombment will follow in Serenity Gardens Memorial Park. Please visit or call 727-562-2080 for further details.

TRICE, Sylvester 66, of Dooley, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg. He is survived by his sons Derrick and Kemeyon Trice, Patrick Wilson; daughters Latasha, Shantrel and Yatira Trice; sisters Emma and Virginia Trice; six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11 am at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation from 3-8 pm with a wake service from 7:15-8:15 pm on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

VERROCHI, Francis "Frank" 74, of Spring Hill, died May 9, 2011. Visit for service info, and to leave your condolences. Brewer & Sons 352-796-4991

VERVILLE, Lois Ann 74, died May 7, 2011. She was a member of the Clearwater Community Chorus, City Players, an usher for Frances Wilson Theater Playhouse and a gifted costume designer. She is survived by daughters Mary Brewer, Johanna Serio, Suzanne Halstead; grandchildren Gregory Serio, Justin and Grayson Brewer and Kelly and Corey Halstead. Service Monday, May 16th, 10:30 am, St. Cecelia Church, Clearwater. Moss Feaster Funeral Homes

WADE, Angel Lynn 38, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday, May 5, 2011. A native of St. Petersburg, she was a graduate of Northeast High School. She was a member of 20th St. COC. She is survived by 3 sons, Marterio & Martez Jones, Donald Anderson III; 3 daughters, Ursula Roberson, Ashley Nero, Angelina Anderson; her father Kenneth Wade; her mother, Delorus Washington Deaza; 2 sisters, April & Eva Wade; 6 grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday, May 13, 2011, 3-7 pm, family will receive friends 6- 7 pm at the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, 1 pm at 20th St. COC. "A McRae Service"

WADE, Gerald A. 69, died May 7, 2011. He served honorably in the Army. Burial will be at 10:45 am, May 19th at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home

WATSON, Elmer 63, of Palm Harbor, died May 10, 2011 at Brookside Hospice. There are no known survivors. Arrangements by ALifeTribute FuneralCare Largo, FL 727-559-7793

WHALEY, Johnny Funeral services for Mr. Whaley, who passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011, will be held on Saturday, May 14th, at 11 am at St. John Progressive M.B. Church, 2504 E. Chipco, Tampa, Dr. Bartholomew Banks, pastor, officiating. Johnny Whaley was born Jan. 17, 1959, in St. Petersburg. He graduated from Northeast High School and later joined the United States Army. He served proudly for 10 years. Upon discharge from the Army, he attended Tampa Technical Institute and graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science on Oct. 4, 1991. He then pursued a career as the "BEST" barber in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. He was also affiliated and a proud member of the Veterans of Foreighn Wars, Post 10174. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Whaley; brothers, Robert Whaley, Gregory Bush, and Ricky Turner; sister, Betty Joyce Whaley; and uncle, James Dixon. He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Linda Shelton Whaley; son, Jaelin Whaley; daughters, Stephanie (Marvin) Phillips, Christa Whaley, Aneatria Whaley, Whitney Niblack and Bretiyana Taylor; brothers, Steven (Heather) Whaley, Michael (Emily) Whaley, Tony (Cynthiz) Merrill, Bobby Whaley, and step-brother, Lee Anthony Boykins; sisters, Janice (Jonnie) Walker, Tammy Maher and Rhonda Whaley; grandchildren, Victoria, Brianna and Andrew Phillips; aunts, Ann Dixon and Ruby Turner, Martha Harris and Mary King (DW), Vienna, GA; mother-in-law, Mary Levette; sister-in-law, Tanya Jackson-Akbar and a host of other relatives and friends. The viewing will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, May 13th, from 5-8 pm. Family will receive friends from 7-8 pm. Family and Friends are asked to meet at the church at 10:45 am on Saturday for the service.

WILLIAMS, Katie Mae 78, of Archer, FL, passed away Friday May 6, 2011 in St. Petersburg. She is survived by her sons Acie Jenkins, Larry, Lennon and Virgil Williams; daughter Dorothy Brown-Rowe; 2 sisters in St. Petersburg, Lillie Rowe, and Dorothy Burns; grandchildren, Tranessa McCramely, Acie Jenkins III, Yoland Jenkins, La'Quinda Williams & Trisch Williams. Funeral services will be held Saturday May 14, 2011 at 11 am at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation from 3-8 pm with a wake service from 6-7 pm on Friday May 13, 2011 at Lawson Funeral Home 727-623-9025

WOODWARD, John Martin 40, of New Port Richey, died May 6. Survived by wife, Cathy; mother, Audrey; brother, Michael; 4 nieces & 1 nephew. Dobies F.H.-Congress 841-7555