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Kristen Hare - Times Staff Writer

Times Staff Writer

I’ve been a journalist since I was a junior in high school in Springfield, Mo. I took a two-year break after college for the Peace Corps, where I served in Guyana. Since, I’ve covered features, race, immigration, the census, aging and now local news for the Poynter Institute.

  1. Bishop Matthew Williams held several positions at Tampa's Brown Memorial Church of God in Christ, including deacon, pastor and bishop. He was one of 12 bishops in the nationwide Church of God in Christ's general board.
  2. Virginia Ellis grew up with grandparents who instilled a sense of truth and justice in her, said her son, Barry Schnitt. It "was something that was very core to her personality in all things."
  3. Jim Moorhead on a Christmas morning with gifts and, framed near his feet, a piece he wrote for the Evening Independent about finding a Christmas tree.
  4. Dec. 14, 2020• Pinellas
    Mary Poniros, pictured at center with a friend, left, and her daughter, Despina Catsikopoulos, right, loved to dance. She danced here at the wedding of her grandson, John Catsikopoulos. She also loved Motown and baking her famous Greek cookies.
  5. The Seahorse Restaurant in Pass-A-Grille, pictured here in 2013, has closed. Its owners plan to make sure it remains a mainstay.
  6. Jim Dyson spent his career working for Young Life and was a volunteer at Largo’s Ridgecrest Elementary School.
  7. Sean Musselman is pictured here in a performance with the Dance Theatre of Florida, which he co-founded with his wife and ran for 15 years.
  8. Leanza Cornett was Walt Disney World's first on-stage Ariel, Miss Florida and then Miss America. She graduated from Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville.
  9. Robert Betzold served with the Navy during World War II. He's pictured with his wife, Ann Betzold, after an Honor Flight in 2016.
  10. Viengpasong Luangsouphom making noodles from scratch with her son, Phillip. "She believed if there’s not enough spice, it’s not good enough."
  11. Rosario Urso was a math professor at Hillsborough Community College from 1970 until 2003. He then taught for seven years at the University of Tampa before returning to HCC for three more years. His students loved him, said Emilio Toro, a neighbor and UT math professor. "You could not say he was an easy teacher. That’s certainly not the case."
  12. Mary Falkenstein and her husband, Domonick Falkenstein, on Pass-A-Grille’s 8th Avenue. Mrs. Falkenstein’s husband died in 1961, and she raised her three children by herself.
  13. A memorial lunch was held for Gary Alligood at Madonna Ptak Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, where he'd lived since 2017. It featured his favorite meal.
  14. In this Dec. 18 1972 photo, Ann Hodges plays Irma and Larry Ellis plays Nestor proprietor Rudy Tronto in this scene from 'Irma La Douce' playing at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota.
  15. After visiting clothing stores in downtown St. Petersburg, Dorothy Brown was asked to begin modeling. Mrs. Brown, also a nurse, maintained her license for 25 years after she stopped practicing.
  16. Camera crews sent by the Federal Aviation Administration visited St. Petersburg in 1989 to film segments for a documentary on airport action groups, including spokesperson Ruth Varn.
  17. Dr. Albert Tawil, left, helps a patient onto an exam table in the summer of 2005. The doctor never wore scrubs and believed in dressing up for his patients. He owned 150 neckties.
  18. John Chitwood, pictured in Italy, gave family and friends anything they asked for, from a Crockpot to a car loan. “He would really do anything for you,” said his brother, David Chitwood.
  19. Garlynn Boyd spent her career coaching athletes in St. Petersburg. Britt Taylor, the track coach at East Lake High School, remembers watching Ms. Boyd coach and the kids who followed her. "She definitely had an impact on not just the kids she coached but the whole community as well."
  20. Mike Konrad worked at the Tampa Bay Times for nearly 30 years. He also was an avid baseball fan, played clarinet for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and was a devoted friend to many. “Once you were Mike’s friend, you were his friend forever, said former Times’ journalist Barbara Fredricksen.
  21. Pictured in back row, left to right: Amar Jairam, Annette Persaud-Jairam, Prem Persaud, Janet Persaud, Gregory Persaud and Ryan Jairam.
Front row: Deo Persaud, Kevin Jairam and Sylvia Persaud.
  22. Georgia "Rita" Mosely loved the color blue. She lived most of her life in Dade City.