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Tampa was a very small city in 1913 when the doors first opened at the Blount Henderson Funeral Home. This partnership was short-lived however, with Frazier T. Blount purchasing Henderson's interest four years later, forming the F. T. Blount Company Funeral Home. In that era, funeral establishments were usually small converted residences. Searching for larger quarters, Mr. Blount purchased two homes on the northeast corner of Tyler and Marion Streets. One structure was converted to a funeral home and the other became his family residence. An enclosed passageway connected the two facilities creating Tampa's first funeral home staffed on a 24-hour basis. In 1952, Mr. Blount decided to retire and sold his business to two of his key employees, Henry Hale and Jack Yent, Sr. Three years later, Hale and Yent built Tampa's first conventional funeral home on Nebraska Avenue. That building now houses the administrative offices and training center for new employees and continuing education classrooms for all personnel. Over the years, numerous firms from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties joined the F.T. Blount firms, including Curry & Son Funeral Home, founded by Mark Curry, Jr. In late 2006, the Terrace Oaks Chapel was added to serve families of Temple Terrace and the Tampa area. Today, four chapels and three cemeteries proudly serve the residents of Tampa as members of the Blount & Curry family. Life is very precious. When a life does end, saying goodbye is very difficult. It is the mission of the Blount & Curry family of funeral homes to assist families through this most difficult period by providing the very finest services and cemeteries in the most caring and meaningful way.


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Orville Charles Mizer

August 29, 1938 - July 27, 2015

Orville Charles Mizer was the first born of Sally Hinderman Mizer and William Mizer on August 29, 1938. They both preceded him in death. He joined the United States Navy immediately after his high school graduation in 1956. He was a Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as a Medical Field Technician. He took advantage of educational opportunities afforded to him and earned a Master’s Degree...
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Helen Geraldine Meyer

August 10, 1937 - July 24, 2015

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Raul Morales

November 16, 1933 - July 24, 2015

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Sybil Armina Farrow

November 28, 1929 - July 22, 2015

Farrow, Sybil Armina McElreath 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday July 22, 2015, after a brief illness. Her loving husband Bill was at her bedside. Sybil was born November 28th, 1929 at Fountain Inn, South Carolina, to Andy and Grace McElreath, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by her brothers; Frank, Jack and Calvin. Survivors include her beloved husband, best...
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Katherine Patricia Cleary Higgins

April 6, 1919 - July 22, 2015

HIGGINS, Katherine C., passed away July 22, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Born in Niles, California, she moved to Quakertown, Pennsylvania, as a teenager, and on to Tampa after graduating from high school. She worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Stenographer. In 1948, she married Fred T. Higgins (Air Traffic Controller). Katherine and Fred lived in Wellswood for many years, raising...
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Helen Burgess Spoolstra

February 26, 1926 - July 22, 2015

Spoolstra, Helen Inez Burgess Johns Hoppe, after a long and interesting life of 89 years, died peacefully surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Helen was a homemaker, medical secretary, missionary, singer, devout Christian, a giver. Her final generous act is to donate her body to the Medical School of the University of Florida. She survived three husbands and is survived by...
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Isabel A. Eldridge

January 18, 1919 - July 22, 2015

Eldridge, Isabel, 96, passed away on July 22, 2015. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her family dinners, cooking, gardening, fashion and well-groomed hair. She was preceded in death by her parents, Merten and Amo Sarah Stites Schelb; her husband, William Eldridge; sibling, Merten Schelb and her son, Arthur Keene. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Horne; son-in-law...
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Melba Straigis

December 29, 1921 - July 22, 2015

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Elwanda Mae Pruitt

July 20, 1920 - July 21, 2015

Pruitt, Elwanda Mae, Passed away July 21, 2015 one day after her 87th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Pruitt of 51 years, her daughter; Gail Shanks, her grandson, Cory O’Brien and her great- great grandson Emon Bell. She is survived by her daughter, Nada O’Brien (Michael); grandchildren, Wendy O’Brien, Tammie Hobler (Todd), Dianne O’Brien, Chip...
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Chris Gerard Hale

September 9, 1963 - July 21, 2015

Hale, Chris Gerard, 51, of Lutz, Florida entered into rest on July 21, 2015. He was born in Inglewood, California at Queen of Angels Hospital to Sheila Egan and Eugene Fennimore Hale. Chris worked for FedEx for 18 years as a freight truck driver. Chris leaves behind his beloved wife of 21 years, Jean Hale, son, Brian Hale, and daughter, Erin Hale. Chris is survived by his mother, Sheila Egan;...
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Geraldine Jane Callaghan Daly

April 16, 1932 - July 19, 2015

Geraldine Jane Callaghan Daly, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the age of 83, surviving her husband of 59 years, James William Daly, M.D., by two years. Born in Chicago to Patrick and Geraldine Callaghan, she attended elementary school at St. Mary’s, Chicago, IL, and graduated from Maine Township High School, Des Plaines, IL. She was a secretary for a manufacturing firm when she...
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Steven Arthur Brooks

October 5, 1951 - July 19, 2015

Brooks, Steven A 63 passed away on July 19th, 2015. He is survived by his son, Matthew S. Brooks, mother, Dorothy I. Brooks and brother, Timothy A. Brooks. He was the son of Vernon E. Brooks and brother of Joel E. Brooks, both deceased. A Tampa native, he graduated from Chamberlain High School and shortly, thereafter, joined the United States Navy; his father was also a naval veteran both of...
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Robert M. Clark

June 2, 1953 - July 18, 2015

Clark, Robert “Bob”, 62 was a resident of Tampa, Florida passed away on July 18, 2015 after a long but courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born in Ohio to Charles Edwin and Marvel Gale Clark. In 1971, the family moved to Miami, Florida where Bob attended Miami-Dade Community College and continued his education at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He graduated with a...
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Barbara Joan English

September 19, 1939 - July 17, 2015

English, Barbara Joan 75, entered Heaven on July 17, 2015. Barbara was raised most of her life in Tampa; graduated Hillsborough High School in 1957 and then continued at Univ. of Tampa Class of 1960. She went on to receive her Masters of Education from USF. She began a career in education in Hillsborough County that would soon become her calling, teaching in numerous schools before becoming a...
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Barbara J. Pizio

July 3, 1939 - July 16, 2015

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Haydy R. Santos

September 7, 1964 - July 12, 2015

Santos, Haydy R. of Tampa, passed away on July 12, 2015. She was born in Mariel, Cuba and came to the United States when she was 5 years old. She was a medical receptionist at Jay Garcia Medical Office. She was a frequent traveler of the United States visiting many cities. She also enjoyed listening to salsa music. She is survived by her husband Luis R. Santos. A visitation will take place on...
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Henry Claire Cleveland

June 18, 1930 - July 12, 2015

This is an approximation of how the obituary will appear in print. The newspaper may modify text to comply with editorial guidelines. Cleveland, H. Claire 85, of Land O'Lakes, Florida passed away peacefully on July 12, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles. She is survived by her son Dennis(Mary Kay) Cleveland, and daughters, Suzanne Mahmoud and Nancy Mattioli(Ronnie) and...
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Winona Elizabeth Jenkins

May 7, 1922 - July 11, 2015

Winona Elizabeth Colbert Jenkins, 93, passed away peacefully at home on July 11, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on May 7, 1922 in Detroit, MI and was a lifetime resident of Hillsborough County. She graduated from Turkey Creek High School and worked in Tampa for S.H. Kress and Co until marrying Wilbert Lee Jenkins Sr. After their marriage in 1949 she was a homemaker and...
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Anna A. Edrington

August 29, 1916 - July 11, 2015

Lt. Anna Kaseta Edrington, United States Navy Nurse Corps was a member of the Greatest Generation. She was born in Elizabeth, N.J., August 29, 1916. She was a child of the Great Depression and graduated from nursing school in 1938. She worked at Elizabeth General Hospital then joined the U.S. Navy in 1940.She received orders and traveled by convoy to Pearl Harbor 90 days after the Dec. 7th attack...
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Frances Howze Pickard

July 17, 1920 - July 10, 2015

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Erika Paula Bollinger

December 15, 1929 - July 10, 2015

Erika Bollinger, 85, of Tampa met the Lord on Friday, July 10, 2015 after a courageous battle against Crohns/Colitis disease. Erika is survived by her husband, Ehren L. Bollinger, two sisters Nanny Silbermann of Buckeburg, Germany, and Maria Schingnitz of Munich, Germany, daughter, Cindy Mullen, and two grandchildren Mallory and Tyler Mullen.Born in Dux, Czechoslovakia, Erika immigrated to the...
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Francisco Gaspar Fernandez

July 4, 1949 - July 9, 2015

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William Baxter Harrison

March 14, 1920 - July 9, 2015

HARRISON JR, William Baxter (Bill), 95, of Tampa, passed away on July 9, 2015 in Tampa. He was born on March 14, 1920 in Brooksville, KY to the late William Baxter Harrison Sr. and Alberta Elizabeth Stevenson Harrison. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth May West Harrison of 49 years and his brother, Robert Harrison. He is survived by his son,...
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Charles Bryan Wilcher

December 12, 1953 - July 8, 2015

In Loving Memory After a valiant battle with cancer, Charlie Wilcher, 61, left us on July 8, 2015 with his loving family near him in Tampa, Florida. Charlie was born to Charles and Joyce Wilcher in Pensacola and raised in Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus in 1976 with a degree in biochemistry. Charlie married his wife Beth in 1978 and moved to Tampa where they...
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Brantly Paul Anders

January 25, 1981 - July 8, 2015

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Thomas Alvin Burke

January 25, 1949 - July 7, 2015

Thomas “Tom” Burke, age 66, of Odessa, FL, died on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Summit, New Jersey, but lived most of his life in Florida. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Dorothy Burke, and his sister Barbara Crummie. He is remembered, with love, by his wife of 22 years, Susan Burke; step-son, Jesse Fitzgerald; son, Jason Burke; brother,...
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Ray Arden Warnock

September 26, 1940 - July 2, 2015

WARNOCK, Ray Arden, of Tampa, was born on September 26, 1940 in Honolulu, HI to the late Bob R. Warnock and Lolita Wyrick Warnock. He passed away on July 2, 2015 in Tampa, FL at the age of 74. Ray was a graduate of Lynchburg College and a US Navy veteran serving his country during Vietnam. He leaves behind his loving wife and college sweetheart, Joyce “Joy” of 50 years; his son, C....
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Norman Francis Knapp

June 19, 1927 - July 1, 2015

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Michael Thomas Weaver

October 10, 1961 - June 26, 2015

Weaver, Michael 53, of Tampa entered into rest on Friday, June 26, 2015. Mike was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He will be remembered for his passion for golf, love of all sports, and his beautiful smile. Mike leaves behind his loving and caring wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Weaver; his three four-legged kids, Mindy, Tiger, and Toby; mother, Claire Ann Weaver; two brothers, Glenn Weaver and...
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Jonathan Armstrong Cotterill

May 13, 1977 - June 25, 2015

Cotterill, Jonathan Armstrong 38, of Lutz, passed away suddenly in a motorcycle accident in the early morning of June 25, 2015. He leaves behind his loving wife, Natasha Cotterill and their three infant children; his mother, Joanne Foster and step-father, Charles Foster; and his sister, Alison Cotterill and her wife, Christa Orth. Jonathan now joins his father, Melville Cotterill in Heaven. A...
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Freddy Bruce Phillips

April 15, 1949 - June 23, 2015

Joe (Freddy Bruce) Phillips, 66, of Tampa died on June 23, 2015, after a too-short battle with ALS. A decorated veteran of Viet Nam, Joe served in the Marine Corps and then spent the next 40 years in the bowling industry. He was born in Edmiston, NY, the son of Harold and Catherine Phillips. He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, four children and their spouses: Patricia Alten & Larry...
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Nathan Edwin Shear

August 22, 1957 - June 22, 2015

SHEAR, Nathan, Edwin, 57, of Tampa passed away peacefully on June 22, 2015. A lifelong native of Tampa, he graduated Chamberlain High School in 1976. Mr. Shear was an avid baseball player prior to his injuries and continued his love of sports and was a big fan of the Bucs & Rays and many other baseball teams. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvena and George and Sue-his daughter who...
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Scott Edwin Burleson

March 24, 1958 - June 21, 2015

Burleson, Scott Edwin 57, of Odessa, Florida entered into rest on Sunday, June 21, 2015. He was Vice President of sales, Eastern United States at O’Neill Vintners & Distillers. Scott was a beach lover, avid boater and also belonged to the American Legion. Scott was an amazing husband, devoted father, loving brother and son who touched many with his kind gestures and sense of humor....
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Eddie Torres

August 13, 1931 - June 20, 2015

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Derek Ainsworth Williams

August 10, 1958 - June 19, 2015

Williams, Derek Ainsworth of Tampa, Florida was born August 10, 1958 to Jasper Williams and Doris (Tyson) Williams. He went home to be with the Lord on June 19, 2015 at the age of 56. Born in Comfort Hall, Jamaica, Derek was a self-proclaimed "country boy" who loved the outdoors and finding ways to help others. Derek was a friend to all, and could always lift a saddened spirit with a...
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Doris Fay Lang

April 15, 1927 - June 17, 2015

Doris Fay Gilstrap Lang, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2015 in Tampa, FL. A proud Texas native, she was born on April 15, 1927 in Breckenridge, TX to Aubrey Lewis Gilstrap and Agee Violet Adams. Doris grew up in Big Spring, TX and has always loved big sky country. She met her future husband, Neil Lang in San Antonio and married on January 11, 1948 in Seguin, TX. Neil's job with...
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Deborah Patricia Whitley

October 10, 1957 - June 17, 2015

WHITLEY, Deborah Patricia nee Bodden, of Lutz, was born on October 10, 1957 in Tampa, FL to Rupert Bodden and Althea Bodden nee Cuylen. She went home to be with the Lord on June 17, 2015 at the age of 57 years old. Deborah loved to cook and was a world traveler, visiting such places as Paris, Egypt, Russia, China, Ireland and Peru. Her absolute joy in life was spending time with her beloved...
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Mary Doczi

March 3, 1946 - June 16, 2015

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Alice Carol Gordon

July 20, 1940 - June 16, 2015

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David Brooks Alderman

May 4, 1948 - June 15, 2015

ALDERMAN, David Brooks, 67 of Tampa, was born on May 4, 1948 in Bradenton, FL to the late Gordon Alderman and Wilma Brooks Alderman. He went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 15, 2015. David retired as a Park Ranger for the State of Florida in 2013 after nearly 40 years of service. During his time with the Parks Department he demonstrated an unprecedented dedication to keeping Florida...
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Kevin Lee Gallis

October 6, 1963 - June 14, 2015

Gallis, Kevin 51, of Tampa, Florida entered into rest on Sunday, June 14, 2015. He was owner of Superior Pool and Spa of Tampa. Kevin loved to travel extensively and snow ski. He will be greatly missed by his life partner Klaus Burock, family and many friends from both America and Germany. Please join us for a visitation to honor the life of Kevin at Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel, 3207...
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Wayne Thomas Spath

September 4, 1954 - June 14, 2015

SPATH, Wayne Thomas, 60, passed away on June 14, 2015. Mr. Spath honorably served in the United States Air Force and United States Navy for 22 years. He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration. In his leisurely time he enjoyed boating, camping, riding his Harley Davidson and spending time with a dog he rescued named "Jessica". He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara,...
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Elizabeth Lapsley

November 30, 1943 - June 13, 2015

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Alvina Anna Maczko

January 24, 1918 - June 12, 2015

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Hughes Hamilton Rice

August 25, 1935 - June 11, 2015

H. Hamilton “Chip” Rice, Jr., Esquire, who served as County Attorney for Manatee County from 1983 to 1997, passed away on June 11, 2015. He practiced law in the private sector in Manatee County until his retirement in 2013. Born in Kentucky, anyone who knew Chip Rice referred to him as a “true Kentucky gentleman”.He was a graduate of the University Kentucky and earned...
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Alexander Cooks

August 18, 1965 - June 9, 2015

Alex Cooks, 49, of Tampa, Florida entered into rest on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 surrounded by his wife, 4 sons and grandson, along with a host of family, loved ones and friends by his side. Alex was born in Loxley, Alabama and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Troy State University where he was a player on the Trojans football team. He relocated to Tampa in 1985 and soon discovered his love of...
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Patricia Helen Voegele

July 16, 1946 - June 8, 2015

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Elisa Boyer

May 7, 1949 - June 7, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elisa on June 7, 2015. Elisa was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to so many. Elisa shaped many lives as a school teacher in Montreal where she taught for 20 years. Elisa leaves behind her beloved husband Yves; step-son, Eric and his wife Marie-Josee; three grandchildren, Alexandra, Julia and Nicholas; brothers,...
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Ann Gertrude Obedzinski

September 27, 1920 - June 7, 2015

Obedzinski, Ann Gertrude 94, died June 7, 2015. Survivors include daughter, Marie E. Crowe; son, James M. Obedzinski; grandson, Jason Crowe; son-in-law, William Michael Crowe; daughter-in-law, Beverly J. Obedzinski. Graveside service to be held June 22, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y. For time of service contact Gimenski-Wysocki Funeral Home, Syracuse, N.Y. (315) 422-5087.
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John Alexander Heron

December 3, 1924 - June 7, 2015

HERON, John Alexander, passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday, June 7, 2015. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of over 60 years, Amy; his daughters, Linda and Johannah; his son, Keizo (John) and Keizo’s (John’s) wife, Fusako. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Jennifer, Arisa and Marisa, as well as his grandson, Yujin, and their respective spouses, Steve, Ken,...
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Luke Arin Collins

September 21, 1961 - June 6, 2015

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Anthony Rocco Iacovino

August 10, 1926 - June 6, 2015

Anthony Rocco (Tony) Iacovino, 88 passed away peacefully at home in Tampa on June 6, 2015. Born in 1926 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Giuseppe and Concetta (Lanese) Iacovino, Tony was a well respected father, teacher, & coach for over 30 years. His students and players can testify to his energy and passion. Excelling in baseball and basketball at St. Patrick’s Catholic School he earned...
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Norman Guy Beebe

July 29, 1925 - June 6, 2015

Norman G. Beebe, a devout Catholic, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, June 6, 2015. He is predeceased by his wife Betty of 62 years and leaves behind a son, Donald G. Beebe (Julie) and two daughters Teresa (Teri) J. Beebe and Marie D. Simpson (Jack). Mr. Beebe also is survived by 8 grandchildren Allison, Laura, David, Alex, Holly, Jack Jr., Isabella and Madison. Norman, a decorated war...
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Gary Rosenberg

June 28, 1930 - June 5, 2015

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Thelma Nelson Mast

August 21, 1920 - June 3, 2015

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Constance Allen Longway

August 11, 1936 - June 2, 2015

Longway, Constance A., 78, of Tampa, passed suddenly June 2, 2015. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church since 1967. Constance leaves behind her daughters, Judy (Scott) Chambliss, Kathy (Phil) Dubois, Michele Lemnah and Sherrie Gauthier; sons, Rick (Christine) Gauthier and James (Tara) Longway; daughter-in-law, Laura Longway; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She now joins...
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Georgia Mae Muck

November 5, 1917 - June 1, 2015

Georgia M. Lawlis Muck passed on Mon, June 1, 2015. She was born in Amity, Indiana. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, and husbands Max Smith and Carroll Muck. Also granddaughter Dana Medlin and grand-son Max Calhoun. She is survived by daughters Shirley Calhoun, Donna Medlin, Carol Hull, and Brenda Runyon and her sister, Eleanor Hutton, nephew James S. Bailey and niece Rita Zizza,...
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Ven Thi Nguyen

December 31, 1931 - May 31, 2015

Ven Thi Nguyen, a former Tampa resident, died Sunday, May 31st, in San Leandro, California. Born in Vietnam, in 1931, Ven moved to the United States in the late 1980s with her loving husband, Ich Kiet Trieu, and children. Ven spent much of her life in Tampa where she cared for her grandchildren as well as others. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed making authentic Vietnamese dishes in addition...
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Barbara Cox Politz

August 10, 1940 - May 31, 2015

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Marjorie Smith Williams

April 20, 1926 - May 31, 2015

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Christine Elizabeth Dillon

August 2, 1950 - May 31, 2015

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Daniel Joseph Shepherd

August 6, 1958 - May 29, 2015

Daniel Joseph Shepherd passed away Friday 5/29/15. Dan was born Aug 6th, 1958 in Detroit, raised in Ferndale MI. During his adult life, he could be found in Michigan, New York, Jacksonville Florida, West Palm Beach and finally, Tampa. He was the beloved husband of Laura Dorman and father to Joshua, Nathan, Crystal (Aaron) stepchildren Forrest Roberts( Sami) and Justin Roberts (Kati) with 5...
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Naomi Henrietta Sullivan

March 16, 1923 - May 29, 2015

SULLIVAN, Naomi H., 92, of Tampa passed away on May 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary McPherson; daughter, Vinnette; sons, Rupert and Alvin; brother, Cleveland; sister, Linda and her grandson, Anthony. She is survived by her children, Alton (Ernestine), Sylvia (Kenneth), Shirley (Sunday), Mertella, Anthony (Annette), Brenda, Denise (Richard), Derrick, Lorraine and numerous...
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Amiel Steve Weller

January 11, 1969 - May 28, 2015

Amiel “Steve” Weller, 46, passed peacefully in his home on May 28, 2015. He is survived by his parents, Zulema and Conrad Weller, his sister, Alexandra Weller, and extended family. Steve had a small group of loyal friends who appreciated his adventurous, non-conformist nature and his wry sense of humor. He was generous with friends and strangers alike. Throughout his life, he...
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Jack H. Lynn

April 27, 1926 - May 28, 2015

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Michael Andrew Fortunato

May 21, 1957 - May 28, 2015

Michael A. Fortunato passed away peacefully at his home in Lutz on May 28th. He was surrounded by his family. Michael was 58 years old.Michael had been a multi-line insurance agent for Allstate Insurance for 31 years prior to his retirement earlier this year. His offices had been first on Skipper Road and later on Bearss Avenue.Michael left a wife, Lee Ann (Maggiacomo), and his son, William,...
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Robert Leo Karshner

September 12, 1939 - May 24, 2015

Karshner Jr., Robert L. “Bob” 75, passed away on May 24, 2015. He was preceded in death by his brother “Johnny” Myers, and grandson, Mark Sczczesniak. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Judy, daughter Danielle “Dani” Mann (Mark), brother Jack Karshner (Shirley), brother Joe Myers (Margaret “Maggie”), brother Davey Karshner (Linda),...
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Mildred M. Patrick

February 21, 1931 - May 23, 2015

PATRICK, Mildred, 84, of Tampa, Florida went home to be with her Lord Jesus on May 23, 2015. She was born February 21, 1931 in Cordia, KY to the late Roy and Mary Ethel Combs. She is survived by her husband, Frank Patrick, her daughters, Carla Patrick of Jacksonville, FL, daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Phillip Hanes of Tampa, FL, daughter, Pamela Bevins of Tampa, FL, and daughter and son-in...
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Gloria Rigaud-Aziz

April 16, 1938 - May 23, 2015

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Robert Alexander Morgan

May 13, 1948 - May 23, 2015

Robert Alexander Morgan, 67, of Nevada passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Tampa, Florida with family by his bedside.He was born May 13, 1948, in Saltville, Virginia to the late John and Grace Morgan. Robert graduated from R.B. Worthy High School in 1966 and went on to receive a Civil Engineering degree from Virginia Tech in 1970.Upon graduation he began a 30 year career with Duke Energy,...
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Phyllis Helm Lamb

April 15, 1928 - May 22, 2015

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Jorge QUINTANA

June 22, 1931 - May 22, 2015

Quintana, Jorge, 83, of Tampa, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on May 22, 2015. He was from Santiago De Las Vegas, Cuba and immigrated to the US in 1962 and settled in NJ. He relocated to Tampa 4 years ago. He is survived by his beloved wife Isolda of 45 years, daughter Mini Hohmann her husband Michael and grandchildren Lourdes and Michael, Jr. His nephew, Rolando Rodriguez...
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Charles Edward Mitchell

November 5, 1936 - May 21, 2015

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Thomas Daryll Evans

February 25, 1955 - May 21, 2015

Thomas Daryll Evans, 60, of Tampa went to be with his Lord on May 21, 2015. Tom was a loving father and leaves behind a daughter Charlotte, sons Gregory and David and 3 siblings Jana, Steve and Mark. Tom graduated from Chamberlain High School and entered college life at the Clemson University where he graduated from the College of Business in 1978. From there he went into his own construction...
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Anna M. Pettijohn

July 10, 1924 - May 21, 2015

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Juan Rivera-Morales

June 28, 1933 - May 20, 2015

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Thomas James Shaw

August 21, 1943 - May 20, 2015

SHAW, Thomas “Tom” J. , 71, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 20. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his infant son. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, his two sons, and his four grandchildren. Tom was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Daytona Beach, FL. He attended the University of Florida where he earned a BS in Civil Engineering...
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Martha Alice Rutledge

December 29, 1946 - May 19, 2015

Rutledge, Martha Alice, 68, of Tampa, Florida entered into rest on May 19, 2015. Martha leaves behind her loving husband, Wayne Rutledge; son, Steven Michael Butler and daughter, Sharon Renee Butler; siblings, John Brown, Evelyn Douglas, Margaret Brown, Linda Sue Brown and Nell Lewis. She was a proud grandmother of nine wonderful grandchildren who will miss her very much. A graveside service...
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William Laughridge

November 18, 1953 - May 19, 2015

Laughridge, William Edward, 61, entered God’s Kingdom on May 19, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Laughridge, his mother Doris Laughridge, his daughter Beverly Denise, his son Christopher Edward and his step son Andrew Robert Jones. He is also survived by five grandchildren, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends and family will be received on Saturday May 23, 2015 at 11:00...
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Terrance C. Creighton

May 16, 2015

Creighton, Terrance “Terry”, 75, of Tampa, FL, passed away May 16, 2015. Terry graduated Hillsborough High School in 1958 and furthered his education at Auburn University (BME) graduating in 1964. He also served as a Captain in the United States Army and later became the owner of Creighton Awning & Sign Company. He is survived by his bride of 50 years, Jeri and their three...
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Harriet Louise Stairs

April 26, 1946 - May 15, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, TAMPA, FL.
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Joseph William Clark

May 11, 1934 - May 13, 2015

Joseph W. Clark Sr., 81, of Wesley Chapel passed away on May 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, father and his first grandchild, Tiffany Lin Lawrence. He was born May 11, 1934 to Zeloma Watkins Clark and Nokomus Houston Clark in Henderson, N.C. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Suzanne McPhail Clark; his only son, Joseph W. Clark Jr and his wife, Noreen;...
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Roger Gaetano Sartori

November 15, 1959 - May 12, 2015

Sartori, Roger Gaetano 55, of Brooksville, passed away suddenly on May 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ingrid Eckstein Sartori. Roger was born November 15, 1959, in Seattle Washington. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Alabama, Georgia, Okinawa, and Germany, graduating from high school in Zweibrucken, Germany. Upon graduation from high school, Roger served in...
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William George Hug

March 28, 1930 - May 11, 2015

Hug, William George 85, of Tampa, Fl., born near Chicago, Ill. died Monday, May 11, 2015. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Hug, Melissa Hug Childs, Jeffrey Gaeto, Linda (Dee Dee) Morgan, and Tony Gaeto; a brother Robert Hug; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.Bill had a BS degree in Phys Ed and a Masters degree in dance from the University of Illinois in 1953 and 1960 where he...
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Retha Mae Daniel

November 26, 1929 - May 11, 2015

Retha Mae Daniel passed away on May 11th at the age of 85. She leaves behind her husband and best friend of 63 years, J. Walter Daniel. She also leaves behind her daughter, Audrey Daniel, and her grandchildren, Sean Daniel-Ennis and Amanda Daniel-Ennis, who haven’t gone a day in their lives without knowing how much she loved them. She also leaves behind her sister, Ann Tucker of Kannapolis,...
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Victoria Rosemarie Casario

November 14, 1930 - May 11, 2015

Casario, Victoria (nee Becce), 84, of Tampa, Florida left this world to be with her heavenly father on Monday, May 11, 2015. She married Dominic Casario in 1961 and raised 5 beautiful children. Victoria loved to cook, do crossword puzzles and travel around this country. She is survived by her five children, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She will forever be loved and greatly...
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Belen Mercedes Artidello

September 24, 1957 - May 10, 2015

Artidello, Belen, 57, entered into rest on May 10, 2015 after an unfortunate accident. She was born to James and Consuelo Artidello in Madrid, Spain. Belen loved visiting the beach. She also loved playing and walking with her two dogs, both Miniature Pinschers. Belen graduated from the University of South Florida with a Teaching Degree in Art and spent her years teaching Art. Belen is survived by...
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Tommy Bradford Denton

February 1, 1943 - May 10, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, TAMPA, FL.
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Danielle Kenny

October 4, 1987 - May 9, 2015

Danielle Kenny passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015. She is survived by her loving parents, Michael & Barbara, and her dedicated sweet sister, Lauren Anne. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 3207 West Bearss Ave, Tampa, Fl.
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Lucille Mary Emberton

August 5, 1925 - May 7, 2015

Emberton, Lucille Mary “B”, passed away on May 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Thomas W. Emberton. Lucille was a native of Tampa having lived here all her life. She was a retired registered nurse of over 65 years. She was a loving mom who enjoyed gardening and sewing. She is survived by her daughter Karen, son Bruce, and daughter-in-law Lori. She will be...
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Jerry Wayne Wright

June 23, 1934 - May 6, 2015

WRIGHT, Jerry Wayne, of Tampa, was born on June 23, 1934 in Kansas City, MO to the late Louis Harold Wright and Winona Belle Wright nee Corder. He passed away on May 6, 2015 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 80 years old. Mr. Wright was a US Army veteran and member of the American Legion. He relocated to the Tampa area from Georgetown, Texas in 2012. He was an avid...
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Fred William Beene

November 5, 1923 - May 6, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, TAMPA, FL.
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Diana Zimmer

January 9, 1958 - May 6, 2015

Diana Zimmer of Tampa, FL, passed peacefully in her home on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with family by her side. She moved to Tampa, FL, from Neenah, WI, in 1983. Diana was very dedicated to her career of 25 years, but always found time to enjoy hobbies such as sewing, poetry, jigsaw puzzles, and reading novels. She was very crafty and could fix or build just about anything. Diana is survived by her...
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Linda Diane Liberty

September 12, 1948 - May 5, 2015

LIBERTY, Linda Diane, age 66, passed away on May 5, 2015. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 12, 1948 to Josephine and Harold Peace. She was an avid football and NASCAR fan, loved to watch old black and white movies on TV and thoroughly enjoyed all Elvis Presley music. She was a licensed Cosmetologist in San Antonio, Texas where she began her life journey. She is survived by her...
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Louis Diaz

June 21, 1941 - May 4, 2015

Diaz, Louis, 73, a native of Tampa, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2015. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rebecca Diaz on April 13, 2015 ; son, Louis Anthony Diaz and his brothers, Julio, James and Savino Diaz. He is survived by his children, Timothy (Lynn) Diaz and Celena Markart; grandchildren, Ryan, Austin, Joseph, Nikki, Jason, Amanda, Julia; great-grandchildren, Jaden,...
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Olga Bustamante

March 9, 1933 - May 4, 2015

Bustamante, Olga, 82 of Tampa, Florida passed away May 4, 2015. Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba March 9, 1933. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Calvin in 2006. She is survived by her two daughters Alice Bustamante Rañón (Joe), Carmen Bustamante Andreu (George), 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Myrtle Hill Cemetery May 8, 2015 at...
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Loretta Volpe

May 17, 1927 - May 3, 2015

VOLPE, Loretta, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick F. Volpe. She is survived by her daughters, Rosaria (Bill) Mauro and Louise (Tony) Romano; grandchildren, Nick (Lauren), Eric and Moriah Volpe, Louis, Tony and Maria Romano, Laura (Alex) Daurer, Bill (Jessica) Mauro; great-granddaughter, Brynn Volpe and her brother, Fred (Miffie)...
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Gisela Blethen

March 15, 1935 - May 3, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, TAMPA, FL.
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Betty McCorkle Gordon

September 3, 1937 - May 3, 2015

Gordon McCorkle, Betty, 77, of Tampa passed away peacefully on May 3, 2015 in her home. Mrs. Gordon loved living an active lifestyle. She had a great passion for all types of performing arts, especially theater and classical music. She also enjoyed quilting, was an avid reader, and enjoyed many outdoor activities such as tennis, kayaking, hiking and traveling. Mrs. Gordon most of all loved...
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Joe Lee Romack

May 25, 1932 - May 1, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, TAMPA, FL.
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