Our Obituaries

Jerome Shelley

November 23, 1939 - December 8, 2017

SHELLEY, Jerome, 78 of Dover, FL went home to his Heavenly Father December 8, 2017. He was born November 23, 1939 in Tumbleton, Alabama. He is survived by his loving wife, Gerri Shelley; sons, Todd Shelley (Kim) and Jason Rappe'; daughters, Tracie Goff (Wayne) and Rene' Miller (Jerry); eight grandchildren; Jonathon Goff (Danielle), Jeremy Goff (Kelly), Megan and Stefan Shelley, Noah Dooley,...
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Mary Lena Seiver

May 22, 1925 - December 1, 2017

Mary Lena Owen Seiver, 92, went to heaven peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2017. She was born in Eustis, Florida on May 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late M. Martin and Elizabeth Ward Owen, Mary Lena is preceded in death by her loving husband, the Rev. Marion Anderson Seiver; and her granddaughter, Ashley Odom.Mary Lena grew up in Plant City, Florida and attended Mars Hills College for...
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Carolyn Geneva Proctor

February 23, 1939 - November 28, 2017

PROCTOR, Carolyn Frances, age 78, of Plant City, Florida passed away on November 28, 2017. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Dewitt Proctor; and her children, Bobby, Randy and Tammy Proctor, Donna Buckingham; and five grandchildren. Private services will be scheduled at a later date. Condolences may be made online at www.wellsmemorial.com.
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Ruth Helen Hanan

September 2, 1933 - November 24, 2017

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Tammi Anne Kraft

August 1, 1959 - November 21, 2017

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Joanne Gray Pugliese

September 29, 1954 - November 21, 2017

PUGLIESE, Joanne Gray, age 63, of Plant City, FL passed away on November 21, 2017. Joanne was born in Plant City, FL and retired from Alcoa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her brother in law. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jerry Pugliese; two daughters, Gina Guinn (Joseph), Lisa Pugliese; three sisters, Wanda Campbell, Carrie Eichorn (Kenny), Betty...
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Herman Steiner

January 13, 1933 - November 19, 2017

STEINER, Herman "Hank", age 84 of Plant City, Florida passed away on November 19, 2017. Hank was born on January 13, 1933 in Queens, New York to Max and Betty (Kreutzer) Steiner. He retired from the United States Navy as and E6 after serving during Vietnam, Africa, Phillipines, Southpole and Korea. He was a member of American Legion Post 26. Hank also worked at Ryder Truck Rental as a...
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George Chavez

November 4, 1923 - November 19, 2017

CHAVEZ, George, age 94, of Dover FL passed away on November 19, 2017. He was a United States Navy, Veteran of WWII. George was the second son of Miguel and Clementina Chavez, Tampa, Florida, born on November 4, 1923 preceded in death by his three brothers, Henry, James and Rudolph, and his sister Rose.He is survived by his loving wife, Jennie Ruth Chavez, of 68 years, daughter Ruth Ann Coleman ...
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Goldie Carolyn Eady

November 5, 1934 - November 18, 2017

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Ruby Leora Harrell

September 18, 1920 - November 16, 2017

HARRELL, Ruby L., age 97, of Dover, FL passed away on November 16, 2017. Ruby was born on September 18, 1920 in Dover, FL to George and Ruby Lucille (Langford) Williamson. She was a lifetime resident of Dover. Ruby loved singing at church and gardening around her yard. In her younger years, she loved sewing. Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, Gaston Harrell Sr.; her daughter, Kay Hooker;...
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Jack Brisley Shaw

February 23, 1926 - November 12, 2017

SHAW, Col. Jack Brisley, age 91, of Plant City, FL passed away on November 12, 2017. Jack was born on February 23, 1926 in Vancouver, Canada. Col. Shaw was in WWII and Korea in the Merchant Marines and in Vietnam in the Air Force. He was a pilot and also worked at the Pentagon for the Department of Defense and the Department of History. He was a graduate of University of Chicago Booth School of...
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Robert Edward Murphy

October 11, 1932 - November 12, 2017

MURPHY JR., Robert "Murf" Edward, age 85, of Plant City, FL passed away on November 12, 2017. He was born in Scranton, PA and moved to Florida 28 years ago. He was a US Army veteran and retired from Consolidated Freightways. Murf is preceded in death by his former wife, Shirley Ross; daughter, Kathy Schwartz; brother, Joseph Murphy; and sisters, Peggy Phillip and Mary Miller. Loving family who...
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Leon Rowe Boothe

February 9, 1928 - November 10, 2017

BOOTHE, Leon R., age 89, of Lake Wales, FL passed away on November 10, 2017. Leon was born in Elba, AL and retired from Chevron Oil Company. He was a kind hearted, soft spoken, southern gentleman. He loved to garden, tinker with anything he could get his hands on, had a great sense of humor and was an epic storyteller. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mae Boothe and his sister, Foye...
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Thomas George Palega

October 10, 1953 - November 8, 2017

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Teresa Maryanne Yavit

September 17, 1959 - November 7, 2017

Teresa (Terri) Yavit passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, after her lengthy battle against cancer. First beating breast cancer, then fighting and losing to sarcoma. Born in 1959 in South Amboy, NJ to Frank and Effie Wendolek. Terri was the youngest of 3 children in the family. Her brother Jim and sister Fran both predeceased her.She is survived by her husband, Bill. Terri and Bill...
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James Andrew Hopkins

March 18, 1933 - November 4, 2017

HOPKINS, James Andrew, age 84, of Plant City, FL passed away on November 4, 2017. He was a United States Air Force veteran and a member of Springhead Baptist Church. He also retired from TECO. James was preceded in death by his parents, David Harrison Hopkins and Bethrie Dora Hopkins; three sisters, Rena Cree Tuck, Viola Mae Viars, Lucille Frances Thompson; and two brothers, William Garfield...
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Joseph Alan Register

August 24, 1954 - November 3, 2017

REGISTER, Alan, 63 of Plant City passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. Alan worked as a bus driver for the Hillsborough County School System for over 24 years. He also owned and operated Alan's Lawn Care for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Estelle Register. Alan is survived by Michael Hannaford; brother, Donnie Smith and many friends and extended family. A...
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Janis Beryl Sorensen

February 1, 1928 - November 1, 2017

SORENSEN, Janis B., age 89, of Zephyrhills, FL passed away on November 1, 2017. She was born in Greenville, MI to Wayne M. and Lenore Irene (Earl) DeBree on February 1, 1928. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12:30pm at Florida National Cemetery.Condolences may be made online at www.wellsmemorial.com.
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Linda Susan Ansell

August 4, 1948 - October 26, 2017

ANSELL, Linda S., age 69, of Plant City, FL passed away on October 26, 2017. Linda was born on August 4, 1948 in Charleston, SC to Walter and Alice Palmer. She was a mail carrier.Linda was preceded in death by her husband, David Ansell; and her two brothers, Ray and Russell Palmer. Family who survive are her son, Austin Daniels; and sister, Jennifer Crowley. There are no services scheduled.
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Judith Marie Tew

March 13, 1959 - October 24, 2017

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Luther Edward Beach

April 12, 1940 - October 23, 2017

BEACH, Luther E., age 77, of Plant City, FL passed away on October 23, 2017. Luther was born in Plant City, FL to Owen and Beatrice (Varnum) Beach on April 12, 1940. He loved gardening, fishing, canning and watching Bucs football. He was a member at Ahava Baptist Church in Plant City.Luther was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Beatrice Beach; stepmother, Olean Beach; brothers, Bobby and...
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Mary Catherine Marchner

November 5, 1925 - October 23, 2017

MARCHNER, Mary C., age 91, died on October 23, 2017. She was born Mary Catherine McKie on November 5, 1925 in Miami, FL to Mildred Fowler McKie of Lebanon, CT and Robert Patterson McKie of Glasgow, Scotland. Mary graduated from Ponce Deleon High School in Miami, Class of 1944, and Cadet Nurse Corps in January of 1946. She married Michael R. Marchner Sr. in 1946. She moved to Plant City with her...
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Donald White

December 19, 1946 - October 17, 2017

WHITE, Donald Joseph "Joe", age 70, of Plant City, FL passed away on October 17, 2017. Joe was a kind man and loved working on his dune buggy's with his two sons. He was preceded in death by his father, George Preston White. Loving family who survive are his mother, Ernestine Leona Whiddon; his wife of 47 years, Cathy White; sons, Troy White and Shayne White (Amanda); daughters, Shelle Harper ...
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Johnnie McDaniel

August 23, 1929 - October 16, 2017

McDaniel, Johnnie Frances "Frankie", age 88, of Plant City, FL passed away on October 16, 2017. She was a factory/machine worker at Hav-A-Tampa Cigar Company for 42 years and a lifetime resident of Plant City. Frankie attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Plant City where she was also a "greeter" for church services.She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Leta Lee Rogers; husband, Henry...
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Rodrigo Ignacio Marquez

October 17, 1993 - October 14, 2017

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Nita Ann Hosterman

August 21, 1941 - October 4, 2017

HOSTERMAN, Nita Ann, age 76, of Plant City, FL passed away while under hospice care on October 4, 2017. Nita was born on August 21, 1941 in Toledo, OH to James Dale Cordy and Virginia Juanita (Wells) Cordy. She was a teacher.Nita is preceded in death by her brother, Mike. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Ronald; sons, Craig and Tim; daughter, Kim; brothers, Dale, Jerry and Denny...
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Walter Rowland Sheldon

January 18, 1933 - October 1, 2017

SHELDON Jr., Walter Rowland, age 84, of Plant City, FL passed away on October 1, 2017. Walter was born in Boston, MA and was a United States Marine. He is survived by his two sons, Stephen and Michael Sheldon; his brother, George Sheldon; two sisters, Betty Campanella and Nadia Bright; and four grandchildren.A service with military honors will take place at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL...
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Lawrence Preston King

July 30, 1951 - September 26, 2017

KING Jr., Lawrence "Preston", age 66, of Plant City, FL went to be with our Lord on September 26, 2017. Preston was born and raised in Plant City and was a US Army veteran. He was a well known barber in Plant City for many years. He enjoyed watching reality television, watching old movies and listening to 50's and 60's music. He was a kind man who always wanted to do right by...
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Gene F. Schubert

August 10, 1928 - September 25, 2017

SCHUBERT, Gene F., age 89, of Plant City, FL passed away on September 25, 2017 under hospice care in Lakeland, FL. Gene was a member at Eastside Baptist Church in Plant City and also retired from the phosphate industry at AMAX.He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Sharp Schubert; son, Robert Thomas Moore; brothers, Ray and Elmer Schubert; and sister, Emma Hill. Family who survive are...
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Joseph Arnold Lang

September 18, 1934 - September 24, 2017

LANG, Joseph Arnold, age 83, of Plant City, FL passed away on September 24, 2017 in Wauchula, FL. He was a member of First Baptist Church Plant City. As a young man, he enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing sports with his kids. He worked as a Personnel and Safety Manager and retired from the phosphate industry at Consolidated Minerals Inc. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ann...
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Irene Mae Lee

May 30, 1930 - September 20, 2017

LEE, Irene Mae, age 87, of Plant City, FL passed away at her home on September 20, 2017. She was a member at Countryside Baptist Church in Dover, FL, and enjoyed working on puzzles, doing word searches, and watching television. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Irene Pickard; sons, Roy Gene Carlisle and Wayne Keith Carlisle; sister,...
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Michael Bernardi

June 26, 1937 - September 15, 2017

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Walter Fulwood

June 1, 1948 - September 13, 2017

FULWOOD, Terry, age 69, of Plant City, FL passed away on September 13, 2017. Terry was full of life and loved to fish. He was preceded in death by his parents, G.W. and Louise Fulwood; brother, David Fulwood; and sister, Janet Fulwood Goodson. He is survived by his son, Travis Fulwood; daughter, Deanna Stiers; brothers, Ronnie Fulwood and J.W. Fulwood; sisters, Dava Wright, Annette Lott and Mary...
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Ronald Edwin Faris

May 21, 1935 - September 13, 2017

FARIS, Ronald Edwin, age 82, of Plant City, Florida passed away on September 13, 2017. Ron was a member of Sydney First Church of God and enjoyed doing puzzles, taking care of his plants and reading. He was a people lover!He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Vada Faris; and his brother, Paul Vaughn Faris. Loving family who survive are his sister, Lois Lastinger Kinchen (Robert);...
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Julia Mae Smith

November 13, 1941 - September 12, 2017

Smith, Julia M., age 75, of Lakeland, FL passed away on September 12, 2017. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, William B. Smith and sister, Mary Norman. She is survived by her son, Leroy Reed Hayes; daughters, Betty Jean Munson and Dorothy "Edna" Johnson (Troy); brother, Billy Brown; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.Services are currently pending.
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James A. Coker

January 9, 1924 - September 8, 2017

COKER, James A., age 93, of Plant City, passed away September 8, 2017. James was a US Army Veteran and is survived by his wife Ada "Dean" Coker, his children and other loving family members. Dean and Jim were married for 75 years.A visitation will be held at Wells Memorial in Plant City on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 10-11am, and a funeral service will begin at 11am. Burial will...
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Peter Joseph Finucane Terlop

November 23, 1997 - September 3, 2017

FINUCANE-TERLOP, Peter Joseph, age 19, of Plant City, FL died on September 3, 2017 in a tragic car accident. Peter was born in Maywood, IL and moved to Florida where he recently graduated. Peter was full of life and spent a lot of time as an advocate for GLSEN. Peter touched every life that crossed his path, he believed in equality, fought for those who could not fight for themselves, and lived...
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Jacklon C. Phillips

March 4, 1940 - August 29, 2017

PHILLIPS, Jacklon C., age 77, of Lakeland, FL passed away on August 29, 2017. Jacklon was born in Colquitt, Georgia to William Curtis and Della (Bloodworth) Causey on March 4, 1940. She moved to Florida as a young adult. She attended New Home Baptist Church in Lakeland.Jacklon was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Dianne Lenz; and her sister, Valdra Ann Klein. Family who survive are her...
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Antoinette Josephine Ravnikar

April 4, 1927 - August 24, 2017

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Virginia Cannon Harrison

August 22, 1944 - August 20, 2017

Harrison, Virginia (Cannon), age 72, of Plant City, FL passed away on August 20, 2017. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, loved animals, and was the best homemade ice cream maker. She also loved her family dearly.She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverley Harrison. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim Harrison; daughter, Sheri McDonald; grandson, Cannon McDonald; ...
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Inez Harris

December 29, 1926 - August 18, 2017

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Terry Dean O'Donnell

October 29, 1947 - August 16, 2017

O'Donnell, Terry Dean, 69 of Plant City passed away on August 16, 2017. He was born in South Bend, Indiana on October 29, 1947. He is a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. O'Donnell is survived by his children; Tara King, Todd O'Donnell, and Amy Minden from Fort Smith, Arkansas; brother; Denny O'Donnell, sister; Sherry Lee and seven grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www...
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Erma Jean Zaiser

October 8, 1933 - August 15, 2017

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Lisa Jane Garcia

April 15, 1959 - August 13, 2017

GARCIA, Lisa Jane, age 58, of Lakeland, FL passed away on August 13, 2017. Lisa attended Gibsonia Baptist Church in Lakeland and loved her family, going for walks when she could and her dog, Paducah. She is preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Carl M. Holt; and her sister, Carla Andres.Loving family who survive are her brother, Tony Holt and wife, Deborah; niece, Margaret Holt; and many,...
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William Edwin Booth

October 5, 1931 - August 11, 2017

BOOTH, William "Bill" Edwin, age 85, of Valrico, FL passed away on August 11, 2017 at his home. Also known as "Papa" to his family, Bill was born in East Taunton, MA to Edward Lincoln and Mary Isabelle (Walton) Booth on October 5, 1931. He moved to Florida in 1973. He enjoyed woodworking and was a United States Air Force veteran.Bill is preceded in death by his son, Richard Booth; his siblings,...
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Margaret Louise Long

February 28, 1924 - August 10, 2017

LONG, Margaret "Louise" Newsome, age 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, August 10, 2017, resting for her final journey home to be with the Lord.. She was born in Camilla, Georgia on February 28, 1924, and at age four moved to Plant City, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Pauline Newsome, older brothers, Brady and J.L. Newsome, and her husband...
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Wilma Margaret Woodson

March 1, 1934 - August 8, 2017

WOODSON, Wilma M., age 83, recently of Sebring, FL passed away on August 8, 2017. She was born to Joe and Emily (Wood) Yarbrough in Parrish, FL on March 1, 1934.Wilma will be remembered by her love of the outdoors and gardening. She leaves behind many loving family members and her two dogs.A visitation will be on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 10am-11am and a funeral service will begin at 11am. ...
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John Carlton McCoy

January 8, 1922 - August 7, 2017

MCCOY, John C., age 95, of Plant City, FL passed away on August 7, 2017. John was born to John Henry and Luvenia McCoy in Swainsboro, GA on January 8, 1922. John was a US Army veteran and a member at New Beginnings in Plant City. He loved music, playing his guitar, gardening, and, most of all, his family.He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Velma McCoy; daughter, Annie Pearl McCoy;...
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Virginia Pauline Grauman

January 30, 1922 - August 7, 2017

GRAUMAN, Virginia Pauline, age 95, of Brandon, FL passed away on August 7, 2017.Virginia was born in Cabell, West Virginia on January 30, 1922 to parents Edward Berry and Junita Vance. She was a dry cleaning manager in Ohio and later worked at the Singletons Shrimp Factory in Dover, Florida. She was a loving mother to all and considered everyone family. Virginia was preceded in death by her...
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Laura Imogene Rogers

February 20, 1943 - July 31, 2017

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Willa Faye Brown

June 3, 1924 - July 20, 2017

BROWN, Willa Faye (Thompson) joined her husband, Boyd Wilson Brown, Jr. in heavenly reunion on July 20, 2017. She was born on June 3, 1924 to Harvey and Anna Thompson in Willisburg, KY. She retired as a career Realtor from Louisville, KY to Brandon, FL in 1978. Willa Faye will be remembered for her loving spirit, faith, and sense of humor. Her prayers touched many as a member of First Baptist...
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Paul Scott Kirchner

June 12, 1952 - July 18, 2017

Paul Scott Kirchner, age 65, of Plant City, Florida, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2017, surrounded by his family and friends. Paul was born on June 12, 1952 in Pennsylvania to Lois and Roy Kirchner. He graduated from Clearwater High school in 1971 and attended HCC and then on to the University of Florida. On August 12, 1994, he married Joyce Kirchner. Paul was a prominent member of the...
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Harold Elmer Wilson

December 2, 1928 - July 15, 2017

WILSON, Harold E., age 88, of Tampa, FL passed away on July 15, 2017. Harold was born in Watha, NC on December 2, 1928. He was a United States Army veteran who served as a mechanic during WWII. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Vivian Wilson; brothers, Lincoln and Roger Wells; and sisters, Lois and Loree Wells.Harold leaves behind his beloved children: Steven A. Wilson and wife,...
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Lydia Angelina Paterson

August 18, 1959 - July 14, 2017

PATERSON, Lydia Angelina, age 57, of Valrico, FL passed away on July 14, 2017. Lydia was preceded in death by her father, Robert L. Paterson. Loving family who survive are her mother, Alice Paterson; daughters, Ashley Swafford (Chris), Kara Berardicurti; brother, Robbie Paterson (Priscilla); sisters, Valerie Jackson, Missy Miller; and grandchildren, David, Mackay, Hannah and Lane Swafford. The...
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Ronald Glenn Houston

October 24, 1949 - July 13, 2017

HOUSTON, Ronald G., age 67, of Plant City, FL passed away on July 13, 2017. Ronald was born in Hoff, Germany on October 24, 1949. He was a member of First Baptist Dover. Loving family who survive are his wife of 20 years, Pamela Houston; his children, Steven Michael Houston, Stephen Ray Maxey (Cindy), Elizabeth Renee Houston, Jessica Chevier (John); six granddaughters, Gillian Houston, Aubrey...
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Mary Katherine King

May 26, 1923 - July 2, 2017

KING, Mary Katherine "Kathy", age 94, of Thonotosassa, Florida went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2017. Kathy was born to Charles Wilson and Nellie Gordon Wilson on May 26, 1923 in Tennga, Georgia. She was a high school athlete and attended business school. Kathy was married to her husband, Lester King, for 60 years before his passing. She was a banking Vice President and attended...
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Larry J. Goff

July 4, 1942 - June 25, 2017

GOFF Sr., Larry J., age 74, of Plant City, FL passed away on June 25, 2017. Larry was born and raised in Florida. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Plant City. He was a Mason and worked as a pipefitter with the Local 624/123 and loved to hunt deer, fish and gamble. He was preceded in death by his parents. Loving family who survive are his wife of nearly 58 years, Linda Goff; sons,...
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James Lee Stearns

September 27, 1924 - June 20, 2017

STEARNS, James Lee, age 92, currently of Lakeland, FL passed away in Plant City, FL on June 20, 2017. James was born on September 27, 1924 in Lomita, CA to Merle and Blanche (Fewell) Stearns. He was an Army veteran and an active member of Oasis Community Church in Lakeland, FL. James is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Smith (Ted), Starla Scarbro (Steve); his son, Merle Stearns (Barbara); and...
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Barbara Ann Simms

September 10, 1942 - June 12, 2017

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Judy Ann Coxon

April 19, 1943 - June 11, 2017

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Garth Wilbur Permenter

March 11, 1955 - June 10, 2017

PERMENTER, Garth W., age 62, of Plant City passed away at his home on Saturday, June 10, 2017. He was born on March 11, 1955 in Plant City, FL to Remer and Claudia (Roberts) Permenter. He worked with heavy equipment in the construction industry. Garth is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl (Kinder) Permenter. He is also survived by his mother, Claudia Pless; three sisters, Elaine (Mike),...
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James Irvin Rhew

January 18, 1925 - June 10, 2017

RHEW, James (Jim) I., 92, of Dover, FL passed away on June 10, 2017. He was born January 18, 1925 in Burlington, NC to Ed and Marie Rhew. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 during WW2 and flew over Germany, Africa and France. When he joined the Army there was No Air Force, but when it was formed in 1947, he was made part of the Air Force. Jim was a ball turret gunner in WW2, 458th...
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Jacquelyn Shenefield

April 16, 1948 - June 8, 2017

SHENEFIELD, Jacqueline "Jackie", age 69, of Bell, FL formerly of Plant City, FL passed away on June 8, 2017. Jackie was born in Plant City, FL. She married her high school boyfriend, George Shenefield, in 1968. After marrying George, they moved to Germany. She traveled with him throughout his military career. The finally settled back in Florida, and in 2012 she retired to Bell, FL with...
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Robert Franklin Jenkins

July 23, 1964 - June 8, 2017

JENKINS, Robert F., age 52, of Plant City, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017. He was born in Deptford, England to Rafael F. Jenkins and Vinnel Hines. Robert was a boiler maker and was of the Christian faith. He loved the gym, reggae music and his family. Robert is survived by his wife Melissa Jenkins, two daughters: Makayla Jenkins, Sara Jenkins; his parents, Rafael and Vinnel; one...
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Alberto Sanchez

November 15, 1944 - June 8, 2017

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Robert Anderson Dowdy

December 17, 1956 - June 7, 2017

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Felix Santos

May 17, 1935 - June 7, 2017

SANTOS, Felix, age 82, of Zephyrhills, FL passed away on June 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Felix was born on May 17, 1935 in Corozal, Puerto Rico to Bonnfacio and Dolores (Rivera) Santos. He was a dairy farm worker and the eldest of all his many siblings. Family and work were his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diana Santos. He is survived by his three sons, Felix...
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Franklin Smith Brantley

June 8, 1937 - May 29, 2017

BRANTLEY, Franklin "Smitty", age 79, of Plant City, FL passed away on May 29, 2017. He was born in Columbus, GA to Robert and Marjorie (Smith) Brantley. Smitty was a United States Army veteran and a member of the American Legion in Plant City. He was a long time DART Container employee.He is preceded in death by his 2nd wife, Carol Brantley and daughter, Lesa Brantley. Family who...
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Roger L. Famanas

February 18, 1949 - May 29, 2017

FAMANAS, Roger L., age 68, of Plant City, FL passed away on May 29, 2017. Roger was born in the Philippines and found his forever home in Plant City. He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church and a Registered Nurse at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills most of his career. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, the beach and the outdoors in general. He was preceded in death by his both of his...
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Kathryn Leigh Miller

September 28, 1951 - May 24, 2017

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Edward Thomas Cullins

September 21, 1950 - May 24, 2017

CULLINS, Edward T., age 66, of Plant City, FL passed away on May 24, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Edward was born in Tampa, FL to Lacy T. Cullins and Mary Louise (Jepson) Cullins. He was retired from the Ironworkers Local 397, and also owner and DJ of Music ETC. He was a member of High Rollers Car Club, Olin S. Wright Mason Lodge #79, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite member, and an...
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Joseph Daniel Dush

August 20, 1937 - May 23, 2017

Joseph Daniel Dush was born Aug. 20, 1937 in Irishtown, PA to Clyde and Margaret Collins Dush. He married Anna Marshall Shomo on Sept. 7, 2013 in Frenchville, PA. Mr. Dush went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2017. He graduated from Brady Twp High School in 1956 at Luthersburg, PA.Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy and Bill; and sister, Sister Theresa Dush; and his first...
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Janie Kate Ussery

July 4, 1941 - May 16, 2017

USSERY, Janie K., age 75, of Dover, FL passed away on May 16, 2017. Janie was born in Jacksonville, FL. She was a Sunday School Teacher for many years and volunteered at her church. She loved flowers, gardening, an Thomas Kincaid artwork. Janie was preceded in death by her husband, Ranzer Cabe Ussery and her sister, Joanne Grundig. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Ussery; and her mother,...
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Carl Thomas

June 19, 1932 - May 16, 2017

THOMAS, Carl, age 84, of Plant City, FL passed away at home on May 16, 2017. Carl was born on June 19, 1932 in Plant City to George and Ola (Fordham) Thomas. He was a member of Springhead Baptist Church and was a retired veteran, farmer, fireman and truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, listening to bluegrass music, watching old western and Christmas movies, and having his morning coffee at McDonalds...
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Robert Edward Benner

November 24, 1940 - May 7, 2017

BENNER Jr., Robert Edward, age 76, of Plant City, FL passed away on May 7, 2017. Robert was born on November 24, 1940 in Buffalo, NY to Robert Benner Sr. and Dorothy (Fyfe) Benner. He was a United States Air Force veteran who served during Vietnam. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Benner; sister, Karen Rizzo; brother, Richard Benner; and many nieces and nephews. A private service will be...
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Raymond Edward Swindle

July 29, 1945 - May 4, 2017

SWINDLE, Raymond "Buddy" Edward, age 71, of Thonotosassa, FL passed away at his home on May 4, 2017. Buddy was born in Dover, FL on July 29, 1945 to Willard and Rosa (Hamm) Swindle. He graduated from Plant City High School in 1963. He started working at Anco which was later ESI in 1963, but had worked there also during the summer when he was younger doing construction, insulation, and sheet metal...
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Juana Sierra Torres

June 25, 1952 - May 4, 2017

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Richard Lee Shoffstall

September 26, 1927 - May 3, 2017

SHOFFSTALL, Richard L., age 89, of Plant City, FL passed away on May 3, 2017. He was born in Franklin, PA to Grover and Dora Shoffstall. Richard was an Army Veteran and a Merchant Marine. He was also an Industrial Technician and owner of Brandon Electric for over 35 years. He taught electric at Tampa Bay Tech, Erwin Tech and the Balm Prison System. He also spent seven years as a Florida State...
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John Robert Duyser

August 22, 1927 - May 3, 2017

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Francis Paul Ryder

January 4, 1925 - May 2, 2017

RYDER, Francis "Fran" Paul, age 92 of Plant City, Florida passed away on May 2, 2017. Fran was born on January 24, 1925 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Steven A. Ryder and Josephine Brunelle Ryder. He moved to Athol, Massachusetts at a young age and lived there until 1975. He then moved to Shrewsbury and was a Laboratory Technician for his brother, Bob, until retiring in 1982 and moving to Plant...
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Carolyn Mae Scott

February 22, 1937 - May 1, 2017

SCOTT, Carolyn Mae, age 80, of Plant City, FL passed away on May 1, 2017. Carolyn was born in Branch County, MI to Jacob and Pearl (Blatter) King on February 22, 1937. She was an avid quilter, loved sewing, craft shows, and playing the slot machines. She was a crafts judge at the Strawberry Festival and also worked and sold crafts at Parkesdale Farms. She will be remembered most by her kind...
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Margaret Louise Stone

October 23, 1922 - April 30, 2017

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Vivian Holley Pace

October 1, 1923 - April 29, 2017

PACE, Vivian Holley, age 93, of Plant City, Florida passed away on April 29, 2017. Vivian was born in Canisteo, New York on October 1, 1923 to William and Fannie Mae (Bowles) Holley. She was a factory worker for Westinghouse and a produce clerk for a grocer in Corning, New York before moving to Florida in 1961. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John H. Pace; her sister, Rena...
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Betty Jane Sternbauer

January 13, 1927 - April 27, 2017

STERNBAUER, Betty Jane, age 90, of Plant City, FL passed away at her home on April 27, 2017. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Plant City, a member of The Sunflower Girls, and loved playing cards. She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Sternbauer and survived by two daughters, Karen Bornstine and Susan Lynn (David); three grandchildren, Stacy, Jessica and...
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Molly Jo Chilson

March 10, 1934 - April 20, 2017

CHILSON, Molly J., age 83, of Dover, FL passed away at home on April 20, 2017. Molly was a school teacher for over 35 years and was a noble Christian woman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Elbert Chilson; and three siblings, Bill, Betty and Hud. Family who survive are daughters, Kathy Baker and Carrie Livingston; brother, Dale "Shorty"; sisters, Marilyn, Virginia "Sisty",...
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Verna Audrey Kirkland

November 11, 1929 - April 17, 2017

KIRKLAND, Verna "Bit", age 87, of Plant City, Florida passed away on April 17, 2017. Verna was a member of First Baptist Church Plant City. She operated a daycare business for over 50 years in Plant City and loved cardinals. She was known as the St. Louis Cardinals #1 Fan. Verna was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Raymond Kirkland; and her son, Stephen Kirkland. She is survived by...
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Nancy E. Peeples

January 16, 1941 - April 11, 2017

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Janis Kay Grace

February 1, 1951 - April 10, 2017

GRACE, Janis Overstreet, age 66, of Plant City, Florida passed away on April 10, 2017. Janis was born on February 1, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Charles and Virginia (Morris) Overstreet. She was a nurse for over 20 years, loved to sew and was an animal lover. She is survived by her son, Charles Grace and grandson, Preston Grace; her daughter, Melissa Fuller and granddaughter, Savannah Fuller...
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Charles E. Crowell

April 15, 1946 - April 8, 2017

CROWELL, Charles E. , age 70, passed away on April 8, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Areita Crowell; his children: Jerry Crowell of Modesto, CA, Janet Crowell of Ohio, Traci (James) Tybring of Brandon, FL, Eric (Shanee) Reynolds of Dade City, FL, Cheyenne (Ryan) Reagan; his siblings: Evelyn Messer of Old Fort, TN, Elizabeth Kincaid of Riverview, FL, Eddie Crowell and...
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Cedric Daryl Norsworthy

July 19, 1937 - April 7, 2017

NORSWORTHY, Cedric Daryl, age 79 of Plant City, Florida passed away on April 7, 2017. He was born in Laurel Hill, Florida on July 19, 1937 to Columbus Frank and Oda Estell (George) Norsworthy. There will a Celebration of Life gathering on Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1pm at Gilchrist Park, 848 E. Gilchrist St. Plant City, FL 33563.
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Wayne Larry Hall

June 18, 1996 - April 6, 2017

HALL, Wayne Larry, age 20, of Plant City, Florida passed away on April 6, 2017. Wayne enjoyed playing basketball and online video games. He also loved being a bartender at Twisted Sisters Bar & Grill in Valrico. The love of his life was his daughter, Arianna. Wayne is survived by his daughter, Arianna; his mother, Jennifer Nichols and stepfather, Thomas Nichols; his father, Wayne Hall;...
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Rodney Theodore Marvel

December 2, 1929 - April 6, 2017

MARVEL, Rodney T., age 87, of Plant City, Florida passed away on April 6, 2017. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Theodore and Vera Marvel. Rodney was a veteran of the US Army, US Air Force and a retiree from the US Navy. He was a Christian man who loved his cows. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Umeko Marvel, along with his siblings. Family members who survive are three sons,...
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Joyce Frances Brewer

February 19, 1939 - April 3, 2017

BREWER, Joyce F., age 78, of Plant City, Florida passed away at home on April 3, 2017. Joyce was born in Buffalo, New York to Marion and Lillian (Hofbauer) Brewer on February 19, 1939. Joyce is survived by her daughter, Linda Woughter. A memorial service will be at Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City on April 6, 2017 at 10:30am. Condolences may be made online at www.wellsmemorial.com.
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David Abbott

December 24, 1921 - April 1, 2017

ABBOTT, David, age 95, of Plant City, FL passed away on April 1, 2017 while under hospice care. David was a WWII US Army veteran who loved fishing and singing his favorite hymns. He retired as a supervisor of carpentry after spending 35 years in the phosphate industry. David is a "Child of God" who dearly loved the Lord and was a member of Victory Church in Lakeland. He is most remembered by his...
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Katheryn I. Christensen

August 17, 1922 - March 28, 2017

CHRISTENSEN, Katheryn "Kay" I., age 94, of Dover, Florida passed away on March 28, 2017. Kay was born in Iola, Kansas to Willie Spears Kelley and Phemia G. (Nihiser) on August 17, 1922. She was a founding member of Evangelical Presbyterian, now known as GracePoint Church of Plant City. Kay loved animals and flowers.Kay was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Chris Christensen;...
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Louis C. Smith

March 2, 1935 - March 27, 2017

SMITH Jr., Louis C., age 82, of Dover, Florida passed away in Brandon on March 27, 2017. Lou was a member of Plant City Church of God. He will be missed. Lou was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Smith. He is survived by three sons, Louis C. Smith III (Judith), Jeff Smith (Tracy), Myron Smith (Terilyn); two daughters, Adrienne Dilulio (Mike), Cindy Smith; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and...
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Claudette Cribbs Ziegengeist

October 21, 1948 - March 24, 2017

Ziegengeist, Claudette Cribbs, 68, of the Plant City and Lakeland, Fla. area, in the presence of her loving daughter, went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2017. She loved the Lord, family, nature, bookkeeping, woodworking, drawing and painting, and other forms of art. Claudette was loved and adored by all who knew her, or had the pleasure of meeting her. She will be missed by many. Her...
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Maria Esther Romero

November 24, 1973 - March 21, 2017

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Oscar Benjamin Wiggins

November 11, 1927 - March 19, 2017

WIGGINS JR., Oscar Benjamin, age 89, of Plant City, Florida passed away on March 19, 2017. Oscar served in the US Navy as a fireman. Oscar was a family man and loved life. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper. He will be missed by many.Oscar is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eileen Wiggins; two sons, Dallas R. Allen (Debbie), Benjamin Gary Wiggins (Jena); daughter, Patricia Hutchinson ...
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Verda R. Knight

August 1, 1945 - March 18, 2017

KNIGHT, Verda R., age 71, of Dover, Florida passed away on March 18, 2017. Verda was born in Albany, Georgia to William Owen and Viola (Ricks) Vaughn on August 1, 1945. Verda loved to fish, dance and cook. She also loved arts and crafts and was a floral designer for over 34 years and loved flowers. Her most cherished time was with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband...
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