GUNN, William J. 55, Crystal River, died Sept. 26, 2014. Services Oct. 4, 2:30 pm, at Way of Life Baptist Church, Titusville. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
DILL, Douglas L. 44, Douglas was born Aug. 21, 1970 in Augusta, ME. He lost his four year battle with colon cancer Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 while under the care of HPH Hospice of Citrus County surrounded by his loving family. Doug was quite the fighter with his cancer starting in his colon, moving into his lungs, his adenoids, and then into his liver. He had gone into remission two times over a four year period during this fight. Doug never complained. He continued working as the KM for the Outback in Brandon until 2 weeks ago. He was instrumental in opening the Outbacks here in Inverness and Ocala and several other Outbacks throughout Florida and across the USA over the last 22 years. Doug lived in Maine until he graduated from Cony High School. He served in the U.S. Army and moved to Florida with his family 23 years ago. He loved life, his family, his Outback family, Disney, traveling, the Red Sox, and the Patriots. Doug touched the lives of many people. He was an awesome son, brother, uncle, grandson and a true friend. Doug was someone who would always be there for you. He was always ready to step up to the plate and be in charge. He has a huge extended loving family and we all knew when we were at home Camp Russo we stayed out of Dougs Kitchen. He had it under control No problem. That was our Doug. Doug always had a smile on his face even when we knew how much he was suffering. He is predeceased by his father, James J. Dill; his paternal grandfather, Ralph E. (Duddy) Dill (Maine); his maternal grandfather, James (Bud) Pratt (Maine); his aunt, Anita Dill Dostie (Maine), and his maternal stepgrandmother, Isabelle M. Scholten (Florida). He is survived by his mother, Janine Chinn (West Virginia), his parents Cynthia Dill Russo (Nick); his siblings, Eliot Dill (Kristi), Corey Allen (Amanda), Ross Russo (Lori), Cristy Ingram (Paul), Ann Marie Dill (Alan), Crystal Hadley (Larry), Teresa Tomberlin (Nate) all from Florida; and his paternal grandmother, Dorena Dill (Farmingdale, ME); his maternal grandmother, Margaret Pratt (Randolph, ME) and also several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins from Florida to Maine. A celebration of Dougs life will be held at Camp Russo for Family and Friends Saturday, Oct. 4, 6 pm. A private celebration is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Douglas Dills honor to HPH Hospice, 2939 Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto, Florida 34461.
FITZGERALD, Fr. Chris former pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Seffner, departed this life Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. A priest of the Institute of Charity (Rosminian), he had spent more than 50 of his 82 years serving the Lord in various Florida parishes, ending his illustrious career as founder-pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Lynch and co-celebrants, in St. Francis Church 11 am Monday, Oct. 6, interment to follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater. May he rest in the Lords peace. Arrangements by Stowers Funeral Home. Please sign Fathers guestbook at: www.StowersFH.com
DEVANNEY, Lois Hawkes 77, of Sun City Center, passed away Sept. 19, 2014. Born in Peekskill, NY to Harold Jerry and Pearl Hawkes. She was raised in Buchanan, NY and graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School in 1954. Lois worked at Hendrick Hudson High School, Montrose, NY in the Guidance Office as office manager. She married George Devanney and they lived together in Surf City, NJ until 12 years ago when they moved to Sun City Center. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Rev. Gary Petrillo. Survivors include her husband and children Bruce (Mary Ann) Petrillo of Wappingers Falls, NY, Jill Petrillo of Lakeland; grandchildren, Bruce and Kristin Petrillo of Wappingers Falls, NY; brother, Harold (Cheryl) of Manahawkin, NJ. A service will be held 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Lois final resting place will be with her son, Gary and her parents at the Reformed Church of Cortlandt, Montrose, NY, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573. www.chaptershelath.org/giving/Donate-Now. Six words that sum up the life Strength, Love, Compassion, Support, Friendship, Laughter. Arrangements handled by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573.
WILSON, Carolyn M. age 73, of Lakeland, died on Sept. 27, 2014, at her home. Born July 31, 1941, in Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lula Swain Murray. She was the wife of the late John D. Bailey, and the late Johnnie Wilson. Surviving are sons, John Danny Bailey and Christopher Alan Bailey; daughter, Pamela Karen Manning; brother, William Murray; sisters, Barbara Bailey, Frances Crozier, Ola Register and Minnie Coker; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Carolyn owned CeeJay Nursery in Lakeland for over 30 years. She was a long time member and past president of the Lakeland Garden Club, also an active member and past president of the Greater Lakeland Area Garden Club, was a member of the Bonsai Society, and wrote a column called the Plant Lady for the Highland City Post. She was also very active in the public school system with her butterfly gardens and Earth Day projects. Carolyn was passionate about her family, friends, and her beloved plants. Her knowledge of flora and fauna was daunting. Her spirit will live on in nature and in our hearts. A memorial services will be 11 am, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at First Baptist Church of Highland City, with a reception to follow. If so desired, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland in Carolyns memory. Online condolences may be made to the family at: www.haughtfuneralhome.com.
WILCOX, Roy M. 74, of Tampa, passed away on Sept. 26, 2014. Roy was born July 7, 1940 to Monroe and Margaret Wilcox (deceased). Survivors include his wife, Barbara N. Wilcox of 35 years; his sister, JoAnn Hazel; daughters, LeeAnn Kaiser (Gene), Shari Martinez; stepdaughters, Debbie Strawser (Tim), Cathy Tucker Hanson (Mark); grandchildren, Alex Martinez, Christine Martinez; and step grandchildren, Josh Hanson, Jessica Hanson, Michael Strawser. Roy was raised in Jackson Heights and fell in love with basketball. He graduated Chamberlain High School in 1959 and was recognized as the first highest Chief and served as president of his class. After numerous scholarship offers, he attended the University of Tampa. Following many different business ventures, he found a love of advertising and owned Dewitt Advertising, Inc. Roy prided himself on his perfect attendance record as a member of the Downtown Rotary. He was president of Friends of the Park for over 20 years and made many contributions to the success of our county parks. He served as past board member of the following: Hall of Fame Bowl, Pro-Athletes for Christ, CABA, Krewe of Venus, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Tampa Port Authority. Roy was active at Idlewild Baptist Church and served devotedly as an usher and finance committee member. He also served many years on the Tampa Bay Baptist Association board where he had a love of organizing the many golf tournaments and ensuring a good time was had by all. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at 11 am with visitation starting at 9 am at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, followed by graveside service at Garden of Memories, 7207 East Lake Avenue, Tampa. Condolences may be shared with Roys family by visiting www.blountcurrycarrollwood.com. All arrangements are under the direction of Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa 33618.
BLOUNT, Sloma Hix Salonna age 78, of Brandon, passed away on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. A native of Rosalie, AL, she had resided here most of her lifetime, was the first woman barber in Brandon and a member of Plant City Church of God. Preceded in death by her husband, Jim Blount; and son, Cecil Moses; she is survived by her daughter, Myra Moses Mitchell; sisters, Imogene Creamer and Judy Locker; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; and 2 nieces. Funeral services will be held 11 am, Thursday, Oct. 2, at The Palms Community Church, 207 New Hope Road, Brandon, with the family receiving friends from 9:30 am, until service time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Please sign the guestbook at: SouthernFuneralCare.com.
CARROLL, Charlotte R. 97, of Dunedin, died Sept. 28, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Survived by a loving family. www.mossfeasterdunedin.com
RHODE, Barbara W. 81, of Largo died Sept. 27, 2014. Barbara is survived by her loving family. For photos, bio, and to send condolences, please visit: www.serenityfuneralhomelargo.com.
HORBOTOWICZ, Walter passed away peacefully on Sept. 28, 2014. He is survived by his loving family. For service times and condolences please visit www.mossfeasterclearwater.com.
BUTLER, Rev. James C. Sr. J.C. 67, of St.Petersburg went home to be with the Lord Sept. 20, 2014. Hes survived by his sons, Andrew, James Jr., Joshua Butler, Teddy Scott; special sons, Nathaniel Thompson and Charles R. Flowers; daughters, Charnell Butler -Shirley, Laquanda, Cynthia, and Sadie Butler, and Teresa Scott; 22 grandchildren of which a special grandson and caretaker is Jerome Shirley; 10 great-grands; a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday 3-8 pm at Lawson Funeral Home. Homegoing services Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 am at Galilee M.B. Church 505 35th St. S. Lawson Funeral Home 623-9025
ISENBERG, Joseph Harry Sr., Joseph died peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Sept. 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm, at St. Anthonys Hospital. Born Nov. 11, 1964; He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Crystal A. Isenberg; he was the father of three to Joseph H. Isenberg Jr., Joshua M. Isenberg and Jennifer A. Isenberg; he also had three grandchilren; Joseph also has two sisters, Susan Smart and Teresa Isenberg; and his two brothers, Daniel Isenberg Sr. and Timothy Isenberg; his mother is Barbara Mathews; and his step father, Delbert Mathews.
FREEMAN, Arvilla Nelson 60, of St. Petersburg, died Sept. 25, 2014 at Hospice of Florida Suncoast Care Center. A native of St. Petersburg, she was a member of Dominion Worship Center and retired from Bay Pines VAMC as a health tech in Laboratory Service. She is survived by her daughters, Ayala M. Freeman and Yate N. Nelson; sisters, A. Jean Johnson, Brenda Brown, Sylvia Bable and Janis Nelson; 7 stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday 3-8 pm. Funeral services Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 am, at Dominion Worship Center 4016 12th Ave.S. Lawson Funeral Home (727)623-9025
BARFIELD, Josie Bell 89, of St. Petersburg, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 27, 2014. She is survived by her sons, Clarence Mitchell Sr. (Paula) and Michael L. Barfield (Nikki); daughters, Virginia J. Scott (Bobby), Beverly Dula (Russell), Blanche Barfield, and Patricia Walker (Phillip); 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation on Friday 3-8 pm. Homegoing services Saturday, Oct. 4, at 11 am, at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave S. Lawson Funeral Home (727)623-9025
THORNTON, Albert Jr. Bar-Be-Q Red age 78, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Sept. 28, 2014.He retired from St.Petersburg Times as a delivery driver. He is survived by five sons, Michael King, Cornell and Raymond Thornton, Marion Moody, and Vincent McIntyre; three daughters, Mary Welch, Althea Thornton; and loving, caring Vivian D. Hampton; two brothers, Al N. Thornton and Rev. Ramon D. Thornton; one loving and devoted sister, Ruth T. Dorn; 26 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation on Friday 3-8 pm, at Lawson Funeral Home. Funeral services Saturday, Oct. 4, 1 pm, at Greater Grand Central M.B. Church 3901 19th Ave.S. Lawson Funeral Home (727)623-9025
DODD, Florence A. of Seminole, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 25, 2014. Florence was a loving wife and mother, and a talented artist who led a long, inspiring life. Born on Sept. 15, 1916 to Stephen and Mary Treadwell, she grew up in Danbury, CT, where she met her future husband Bill at church. Florence and Bill married in Jan. 1942 and were soon separated for 3 years by WWII. After the war, the couple lived in Long Branch, NJ (Sandra born); Augsburg, Germany (Laurie born); Aberdeen, MD (Debbie born); and Aurora, CO (Steve born). The family then moved to Little Rock, AR, Davenport, IA, Sparta, NJ, Heidelberg, Germany, and finally retired to Seminole. Florence was a 38-year member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church (where she sang in the choir), a member of the Treasure Island Art Guild, and a member of the Pinellas Rose Society. After Bills passing in 1992, she continued to show her art, attend church and enjoy an active social life well into her 90s. Special thanks to Mary Kay Bowersox for her years of friendship. Florence is survived by 4 children, Sandra Hand, Laurie Hill, Deborah Martines, and Steve Dodd; 2 sons-in-law, James Hand Jr., and Rick Martines; daughter-in-law, Susan Dodd; 7 grandchildren, Austin Hill, Ricky Martines, Danielle Martines, Kristina Martines, Lakshmi Geray Pirez, Stefan Dodd, Marcus Dodd; and her 3 great-granddaughters. She passed away peacefully under the care of Suncoast Hospice, surrounded by family and friends. Come celebrate Florences life Oct. 5, at 2 pm, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd. N. in Seminole. Donations In Memory of Florence A. Dodd are welcome to Suncoast Hospice, at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 37760.
Anil Reddy Oct. 2, 1979 - July 9, 2008 Happy birthday, son. Love you. Miss you. Dad
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