Thomas E. Brennan Sr. BRENNAN, Thomas E. Sr., 89, a former resident of Lake Jovita, died peacefully on Sept. 29, 2018, in Lansing, Mich., surrounded by family. He was born May 27, 1929, in Detroit, Mich. He graduated from Detroit Central Catholic High School, attended the University of Detroit and earned a law degree from the University of Detroit Law School. Brennan was the founder of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. He was also the 81st Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and the youngest Supreme Court Chief Justice in the history of the state of Michigan. To know Brennan was to know his intellect, creativity, charm, quick wit and irrepressible sense of humor always tinged with an Irish glint. He unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in 1952 and 1954 and lost to incumbent U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. in December 1955. He was an attorney with the law firm of Waldron, Brennan, Brennan, and Maher from 1953-1961, when he was elected to a seat on the Common Pleas Bench. In 1963, Michigan Gov. George W. Romney appointed him to the Wayne County Circuit Bench and he was elected to that same position in 1964. In 1966, at the urging of Gov. Romney, Brennan sought the nomination of the Republican Party as Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He won the nomination, and the election. In 1969 and 1970, Brennan served as Chief Justice. Brennan incorporated Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1972 with the belief that “An educated citizenry that understands the law is critical to the strength and progress of the nation.” Brennan left the Supreme Court on Dec. 6, 1973, to dedicate his professional career to the fledgling law school and ensure its success. He served as first Dean of Cooley Law School until 1978, when he became its first president. During his tenure at Cooley Law School, Brennan ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator from Michigan in 1976 and for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 1982. Brennan retired from Cooley Law School in 2002. The Thomas E. Brennan Law Library in Lansing is named in his honor. An avid golfer, Brennan made a hole-in-one on five lucky occasions. His wife, Pauline Mary (Polly) Weinberger, to whom he was married in 1951, survives along with his children, Thomas Jr. (Julie), Margaret (David) Radelet, John (Catherine), William (Lisa), Marybeth (James) Hicks, and Ellen (Peter) Campbell; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Raymond (Loretta) of East Lansing, Mich., Mary (James) Bernard of Fraser, Colo., and Sally Giraud of Westland, Mich. and a sister-in-law Patricia Brennan of Rochester Hills, Michigan. His parents, Joseph and Jeannette Brennan, and brother, Joseph Terrence Jr., preceded him in death. A funeral mass was held Oct. 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with concelebrants Rev. Michael Murray, Rev. Msgr. Michael D. Murphy, Rev. Richard Elmer, C.S.B., Rev. Charles Irvin, Rev. Joseph J. Krupp and Rev. Gary Koenigsknecht officiating. A private interment was held at Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Southfield, Mich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Detroit Catholic Central High School Thomas E. Brennan Scholarship Fund, 27225 Wixom Road, Novi, MI 48374, the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, Hall of Justice, 1st Floor, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, MI 48915, or the Brennan Law Library and Center for Research and Study, WM-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 330 S. Washington, Lansing, MI 48901. Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, Mich., handled arrangements. Ruby Hodge HODGE, Ruby, 80, of Lacoochee, passed away Oct. 6, 2018, at her home. She was born Jan. 23, 1938, in Lake Butler to Roscoe and Donnie Hodges Parrish and moved to the area 72 years ago. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Oakridge Missionary Baptist Church. Nine children, Phyllis Strickland, Darlene (Steve) Jordan, Mitchell Willoughby, Sharon Hodge, Leo (Linda) Willoughby, James Hodge, Debbie Bullington, Lorraine Danella and Linda Alexander, survive along with two brothers, the Rev. Eldridge (Judy) Parrish and Wayne (Wilma) Parrish; sister-in-law, Karen Parrish; brother-in-law, Russell Wright; daughter-in-law, Cindy Willoughby; 18 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Jack Hodge, preceded her in death along with her parents; two sisters, Hollie Wright and Jean Dewey; and one brother, Amos Parrish. Funeral services were held on Oct. 10 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Gulfside Regional Hospice.
Dean Pittman PITTMAN, Dean, 80, of Dade City, passed away Oct. 2, 2018, at his home. He was born July 20, 1938, in Red Level, Ala. to Arthur Warren and Claurice Blanche Wells Pittman and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a longtime area resident and retired from Lykes Pasco Packing Plant. His wife, Ann Pittman, survives along with four children, Debbi Pittman, Cindy Tsikuris, Mark (Pam) Pittman and Ronda (Geoff) Kapelanski; their mother, Wanda Tucker; two stepchildren, Bruce (Joy) Register and Curtis (Shelly) Fall Sr.; two sisters, Violet McKinley and Martha Duncan; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Oct. 5 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Gardens. Flowers will be gratefully accepted or those that wish may make donations to either HPH Hospice or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Harold D. Reedy REEDY, Harold D., 80, of Dade City, passed away Oct. 1, 2018, at his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Dade City to Alfred Richard and Annis Lorine Gilmore Reedy Sr. He retired as a mail carrier and served in the National Guard but felt his calling as an ordained minister, a dedicated husband, and family man. He attended Calvary Assembly of God and enjoyed farming, music and the mountains. His loving wife of 59 years, Jewell “Judy” Reedy, survives along with four children, David (Angela) Reedy, Donna Reedy, Derrick (Terri) Reedy and Dannette Wood; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death along with two brothers, James Earl Reedy and Alfred “Richard” Reedy Jr.; and three grandchildren, Mark Reedy, Hunter Lodge and Zachary Kirby. Funeral Services were held on Oct. 6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Dade City. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Norman N. Sarne SARNE, Norman N., 92, of Dade City, passed away Oct. 3, 2018. He was born Sept. 25, 1926, in Barre, Vt., and was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from the Nassau County Police Department in New York and, after relocating to Florida, was the circulation manager for the Tampa Tribune. He was a dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he volunteered as an usher and donated his talents as a finish carpenter. He was also an active volunteer for Respect Life. His four children, Andrew Norman (Eileen) Sarne, Lorraine (Joseph) O’Saben, Kenneth (Patty) Sarne and Daniel Norman (Peggy) Sarne survive along with one sister, Doris Schwenzer; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. His wife, Madelyn Mary Sarne, preceded him in death along with his parents, Nicholas Norman Sarne and Valerie Kemmet. A funeral mass was held on Oct. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor to either Respect Life or Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Lillian Olive Wilcox WILCOX, Lillian Olive, 94, of Zephyrhills, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 28, 2018. She was born on March 27, 1924, in Lansing, Mich., to parents Harry Elwood Dague and Gertrude (Lowery) Dague. Her husband, Dale E. Wilcox, preceded her in death along with her special friend, Mary Tucker, who succumbed to cancer in April. Her son, David D. (Sandra) Wilcox, survives along with granddaughter, Jody L. (Adam) Wilcox; grandson, Timothy D. (Christina) Wilcox; two great granddaughters, Rebecca D. Wilcox (Lindsey M.) and Elizabeth P. Allison; and one great-great granddaughter, Riley. A graveside service took place on Oct. 1 at Chapel Hill Gardens. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Robert L. Zehetner Zehetner, Robert L., 19, passed away on Nov. 20, 1943, on Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands while fighting for our country during World War II. He was born July 2, 1924, to Roy and Irene Zehetner. He attended Pasco High School before becoming a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941. Robert received a Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received in action against the enemy on Nov. 20, 1943. He also received a Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Robert’s remains were previously unidentified and buried in Tarawa until 1949 where he was placed in the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was recently identified and will be placed at Florida National Cemetery. His sister, Janan Smith, and several nieces and nephews, survive. His father, Roy passed away in 1985; his mother, Irene passed away in 1989; a brother, Tommy, passed away in 1998 and his sister, Lois Snyder, passed away in 2016. A graveside service will be held on Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery. Hodges Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
James Kevin Burns BURNS, James Kevin, 67, of Gulfport, formerly of Dade City, passed away Oct. 2, 2018. He was born March 17, 1951, in Tampa to Nicholas Smyth Burns Jr. and Nancy Ellen McCabe Burns. He was a longtime Pinellas County resident and owned and operated K.B. Realty LLC. His mother, Nancy (McCabe) Burns Counihan of Dade City, survives along with one brother, Nicholas Patrick Burns of Franklin, Tenn.; and one sister, Sarah Ellen Burns of Dade City. Kevin leaves behind many friends and colleagues from all walks of life. His father, Nicholas Smyth Burns Jr., preceded him in death along with his son, Nicholas Charles Burns. A memorial mass was held on Oct. 9 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio, followed by a reception at the Dade City Garden Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to St. Leo Abbey Church. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
H.B. Pemberton PEMBERTON, H.B., Sr., 89, of Tallahassee, passed away on Oct. 3, 2018. He was born Jan. 21, 1929, in Plant City to James David Pemberton and Mamie Pemberton. H.B. honorably served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was of the Baptist faith and worked for American Can Co. in Dade City from 1959 to 1975 before retiring.He was an avid sportsman and loving family man. His parents preceded him in death along with one son, H.B. Pemberton Jr. His wife of 68 years, Cletous Pemberton, survives along with his son, Richard (Lawanda) Pemberton; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Jefferies and JoAnn Alford, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral service is planned for a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. All arrangements are under the direction of Burns Funeral Home of Perry.
Ivory Singleton SINGLETON, Ivory, 63, of Lacoochee, passed away on Sept. 25, 2018. Ivory was born in Lacoochee on Feb. 11, 1955, to the late Oscar and Mable Brown. He attended school in Pasco County, moving to Sebring as a child, and back to Lacoochee as a young adult. Ivory was always full of life, often making those around him laugh. His parents preceded him in death. His children, Linda Fay (Shawn) Hambrick, Ivory Hamilton, Latoya (Reggie) Jones, Mabel Singleton, Shonda Hall, Syrica (Demetrius) Larry and Tyshenna (Adrian) Walker survive along with his siblings, Adosa Brown, Anthony (Elana) Brown, Gloria Singleton (Selvestor) Sanders, Janice (George) Hyman, Lewis Brown and Robert (Eugenia) Walker; special family, Royal Oaks Nursing Home patients and staff, and a host of aunts, uncles, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation and celebration of life were held on Oct. 6 at the Glorious Worship Center in Dade City. Milton Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Joyce Brady BRADY, Joyce, 78, passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She attended New River Church and was a devoted wife of 61 years, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her husband, Jack Brady of Dade City, survives along with daughters, Jacqueline (Kerry) Kleppinger of Sarasota and Melanie (David) Hope of Tampa; six grandchildren, Jesse, Donnie, Matt, Kristin (Mitch), Carly, and Cambria; and four great-grandchildren, Noah, Taegan, Harper, and baby Jack. Her daughters, Rhonda Hapeman and Cristal Crews, preceded her in death. A celebration of life will be held on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at New River Church, 4210 Ernest Drive, Wesley Chapel. Whitfield Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Anthony R. Burch Jr. BURCH, Anthony R., Jr., 85, of Zephyrhills, passed away on Sept. 28, 2018. He was born on Oct. 10, 1933, and was formerly of East Taunton/Lakeville, Mass. until moving to Florida in 1998. He joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and was with the 101st Airborne Ranger’s during the Korean War. He spent more than 50 years sulky racing, car racing, and pony pulling all over the United States. The love of his life, Jean Burch, preceded him in death in 2012. His son, Wayne (Paula) Burch of East Taunton, Mass, survives along with his son, Anthony B. Burch of Zephyrhills, and his daughter, Lori (Bob) Botelho Sr. of Zephyrhills; and his brothers, Harry Burch of Taunton, Mass and Danny Burch of Berkley, Mass, along with several nephews and nieces. He was also a proud Papa of six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In leu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Janice M. Bush BUSH, Janice M., 73, of Zephyrhills, passed away Oct. 4, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 22, 1945, in Jacksonville to William Edwin and Margaret (Perkins) Grogan. She loved and enjoyed her family. Her husband, Roger Clyde Bush, Sr., survives along with daughters, Michelle (Dan) Reed Knowlton and Angela (Garret) Bush Cardwell; sons, Skip (Caron) Reed Jr., Roger C. Bush Jr., and James T. (Tara) Bush; brothers, Joe (Susie) Grogan and William J. Grogan; sister-in-law, Dorothy Starnes; 20 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Her parents preceded her in death along with a son, Danny Reed. A celebration of life will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday at 37529 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City. Whitfield Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Kenneth J. Edy EDY, Kenneth J., 69, passed away Sept. 27, 2018. His siblings, Carol, Daniel, George, James, and Susan, survive. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Vera L. Halstead HALSTEAD, Vera L., 84, of Zephyrhills, passed away Sept. 30, 2018. She was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Cannon, W.Va. to John D. and Ruby Marie Gould Rice. She moved to the area nine years ago from Woodbine, Ga. where she had been active with Meals on Wheels and the Woodbine Church of God. Her six children, Kenneth Halstead, Gerald Halstead, Debra Fry, Larry Halstead, Connie Clinton and Kelly Clinton, survive along with six siblings, John Rice, Tom Rice, Bob Rice, Joe Rice, Jerry Rice and Janet Hendrix; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one and a half great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in West Virginia where she will be buried at Rice Cemetery in Cannon, W.Va. Hodges Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Paul D. Loder LODER, Paul D., 79, of Zephyrhills, passed away Oct. 2, 2018. He was born June 14, 1939, in Madison, Wis., to Keith and Evelyn (Brunsell) Loder. He was a Legionnaire of the Zephyrhills Moose Lodge, a member of the Zephyrhills Eagles Club, a member of Madison Bowling Hall of Fame in Wisconsin and enjoyed golfing. His wife, Jean of Zephyrhills, survives along with his son, Chris (Jacki) Coren of Zephyrhills; daughter, Kim (Bruce) Arnold of Dade City; three grandchildren, Staci, Stephanie and Katie; and five great-grandchildren, Natalie, Lilliana, Jayce, Emery and Lincoln. Family received friends on Oct. 8 at the Whitfield Funeral Home chapel.
Lorraine Louise Morel MOREL, Lorraine Louise, 81, passed away on Oct. 4, 2018. Her husband, Roger, survives along with sons, Glen, Ken, David, and Steve, and 12 grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Henry C. Nesbit NESBIT, Henry C., 82, of Ridge Manor, passed away Oct. 6, 2018. Born in Richland, he graduated from Zephyrhills High School in 1954. He was a stellar athlete in school, playing football (known as Mr. Touchdown), basketball, and baseball. He continued his love of sports and was a much sought after fast pitch softball pitcher. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1958, sailing mostly in the Pacific Theater. He was within seven miles of two atomic and one hydrogen bomb blasts in the Bikini Islands. After the Navy, H.C. worked for Weyerhaeuser for 40 years where he was a print master and a supervisor. During retirement he worked as a handyman. His parents, William Henry and Edith Pierce Nesbit, preceded him in death along with one brother, Marian, and one son, Terry Barnes. His loving wife of over 40 years, Dianne, survives along with his sisters, Hilda (Gene) Baker and Murrel (Johnny) Dozier; children, Kenneth (Pat) Nesbit, Randy (Debbie) Barnes, Cliff (Omyra) Nesbit, Lynn (Lonnie) Sims, and Sheryl (Von) Webb; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Henry was a life-long Southern Baptist. He loved singing gospel music and he and his wife were members of the New Glory Bound Singers for more than 40 years. He was a deacon and founding member of the Family of God Baptist Church. Viewing and funeral services will be at Sunset Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 11005 N. U.S. Hwy. 301, Thonotosassa, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Family of God Baptist Church Building Fund, Zephyrhills.
Janet Audrey (Wright) Porter PORTER, Janet Audrey (Wright), 79, passed away on Oct. 6, 2018, at the American House in Zephyrhills. She was born on Dec. 13, 1938, in Floral Park, N.Y., to Frank and Pauline (Dorr) Wright. Janet was the youngest of three children. She graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, N.Y. and was employed by the Town of Smithtown, N.Y., as a principal library clerk. Her parents preceded her in death along with her brother, Frank, and her sister Margaret (Heinrich). Her husband, Robert, survives along with three children, Robert and his wife, Cheryl, Donna Gilmore and her husband, Thomas, and Steven; eight grandchildren, Robert Porter, Alexander Porter, Christine Porter, Thomas Gilmore, Jessica Gilmore, Jamie Gilmore, Chloe Groves and Lyle Walley; and great-granddaughter Quinn Groves. Services were held at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Zephyrhills on Oct. 10.
Lonnie Eugene Prater Sr. PRATER, Lonnie Eugene, Sr., 60, of Zephyrhills passed away Sept. 30, 2018. John Prater and David McMullen preceded him in death. His loving mother, Blanche Franke, survives along with brothers, Gary Prater, Michael Prater, Rodger Prater and David Prater; sisters, Deborah Kirk and Brenda Sysol; children, Lonnie Prater Jr., Jerald Prater, Billy McMullen and Tiffany Miller; grandchildren, Parker Phillips, Riley Phillips, Brianna McMullen, Corey McMullen, Dee Dee McMullen and David McMillen. He will be missed.A celebration of life was held on Oct. 6 at Country Air Villas Club House. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangement.
Brantley E. Smith SMITH, Brantley E., 77, of Zephyrhills passed away Sept. 29, 2018. He was born Dec.15, 1940, in Zephyrhills to the late Cullen and Matilda “Tillie” (Reutimann) Smith, Sr. He enjoyed farming, golfing, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. His wife, Susan Nichols Smith of Zephyrhills, survives along with five children, Mindy Smith of Dunedin, Carey Smith of Temple Terrace, Julie Smith of Brooksville, Jeff Reutimann of Zephyrhills and Greg Reutimann of Zephyrhills; six grandchildren, Kyle, Bryna (Mark), Chance, Reece, Garrett and Connor; one great-grandchild, Matthew; three sisters, Patty (Larry) Bazzell of Zephyrhills, Judy (Bobby) Hilton of Zephyrhills and Susan A. Smith of Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Cullen “Buddy” Smith Jr. of Zephyrhills; and his former wife, Carole Smith of Zephyrhills. His brother, Stephen Smith, preceded him in death along with a son, Brantley E. Smith. A funeral service was held on Oct. 6 at the First United Methodist Church. Interment at Smith Cemetery was private. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Louise Thoma THOMA, Louise (Hepler), 76, of Zephyrhills passed away Oct. 3, 2018. A native of Muskegon, Mich., she was born on Nov. 8,1941, to Fred Hepler and Beatrice (Hanson) Hepler Her sister, Florence DenBoer, survives along with sister-in- law, Marilyn Hepler; nieces, Nancy Charles, Diana Hepler, and Kelly (Mike Karp) Hepler; nephews, Dave Barney (Jean), Tom (Robin) Hepler, and Jeff Hepler. A memorial service was held on Oct. 11 at Bible Missionary Church in Zephyrhills. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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