Gearold L. Blank BLANK, Gearold R., 82, of Zephyrhills, passed away on Aug. 10. He was born on Sept. 14, 1935 in Marissa, Ill. to Vernon and Lemah Elsea Blank and moved to the area 10 years ago from Waterloo, Ill. He retired from the Federal government where he served as a negative engraver and was active with the First Baptist Church of Dade City. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner with the Emeth Lodge in Cahokia, Ill. His wife of 42 years, Norma Digby Blank, survives along with three children, Michael Digby, Debra Kroeger, Pamela Scott; 10 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. A service celebrating his Life was held on Aug. 14, 2018 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his memory to the First Baptist Church 37511 Church Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525.
Robert A. Christian CHRISTIAN, Robert A. “Coach”, 73, of Zephyrhills, passed away on Aug. 6, 2018. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. His wife, Carla, survives along with children, Patty and Robert; and numerous grandchildren. A church service will be held at the First Congressional Church of Zephyrhills at a later date, He will be buried in Massachusetts. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Jewel Dean Daniels DANIELS, Jewel Dean, 88, of Tampa, passed away on Aug. 4, 2018. She was born on May 4, 1930 in Williamsburg, Ky. to Earl and Bertha (Carr) Waller. Her two daughters, Ruth Ann Sims of Zephyrhills and Robin Leffler of Tampa, survive along with three sons, Ray Daniels of Zephyrhills, Randy Daniels of Zephyrhills, and Jeff Daniels of Wesley Chapel; and many grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Jacques R. LaRoche LaRoche, Jacques R. “Jack”, 69, of Bellefonte, Pa., and formerly of Zephyrhills, lost his courageous seven-year battle with cancer on July 7, 2018, at home. By his side, until the end, was the love of his life, his “honey love”, Diana Lohr LaRoche. Jack was born in Coaticook, Quebec, on Aug. 2, 1948. He served in the Canadian Army. He was of the Methodist faith. He earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Brownell University. His fondness and talent for construction could be observed in the construction companies he owned and operated throughout his life. Jack enjoyed the finer things, like golfing, scuba diving and numerous hunting trips including out West and to Alaska. His home was filled with his trophies. His other interests included vacationing and cruising with Diana, riding his Harley-Davidson and spending time with family. Each weekend you could find him washing his cars until they sparkled. He was the perfect host and his friends always enjoyed their visits to his home. Jack was a dedicated father and is survived by his daughter, Josie (Bruce) Firster; former wife, Barbara Bellehumeur; his stepchildren, Sherry (Mark) London, Rachel (Joe) Breon and John (Shawna)Stem III. Also surviving are his siblings- sisters, Claudette Gagnon, Nicole Bergeron, France Diamond and Carole Houle; brothers, Jean Claude, Richard and Neil. His brother, Guy, preceded him in death along with his mother Corinne, and father, Leopold. As a Pappy Jack, he enjoyed showering his grandchildren, Amber Catral (Josh), Teeona Breon, Grace, Cadence and Izabel and Daenerys Stem with love, attention and affection. Another joy was his great-granddaughter, Sofia Catral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dean K Wetzler Funeral Home, P.O. Box 288, Milesburg, PA 16853, In memory of Jack LaRoche. A memorial service will be held in the fall.
Daniel Patrick McCarthy MCCARTHY, Daniel Patrick, 66, of Holiday, passed away on Aug. 7, 2018. His mother, Marion, and children, Matt and Nick McCarthy, survive. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Galen John Parker PARKER, Galen John, 70, passed away Aug. 8, 2018. His wife, Susan Parker, and other loving family members survive. Whitfield Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Joseph Henry Hallam HALLAM, Joseph Henry, 89, of Zephyrhills, passed away Aug. 6, 2018. He was born on July 20, 1929 in Akron, Ohio to Robert and Gladys (Emerick) Hallam. Joseph served in the United States Navy and was a Baptist minister for more than 50 years. He pastored at Northside Baptist Church, Alafia Baptist Church, and Wauchula Hills Baptist Church. Joseph is survived by his daughter, Anita (Ronald) Hallam Jones of Zephyrhills. Whitfield Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Charles Keilon Bratcher BRATCHER, Charles Keilon, 90, of Dade City, passed away on Aug. 9, 2018 under the care of Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills. He was born Feb. 3, 1928 in Highland City to Charles Witt and Lillie Loduska Sloan Bratcher. He retired as a supervisor with Lykes Pasco Packing Company after working there for more than 40 years and was a U.S. Navy veteran. His five children, Karen Cominsky, Bruce Bratcher, Connie Moran, Jimmie Payne, and Pamela (Brent) Farmer survive along with nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one brother, Virgil Bratcher. Funeral services were held on Aug. 13 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home, followed by the burial at Chapel Hill Gardens. Those that wish may make donations in his memory to Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills.
Gary Paul Fagan FAGAN, Gary Paul, 80, of Dade City, left this earthly life on Aug. 5, 2018. He was born April 13, 1938 in Hillsboro, Ala. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1961 and was a member of the Trilacoochee Church of Christ. Gary was employed at Pasco Motors in Dade City as a mechanic for several years and then owned and operated Gary’s Standard Service Station at 112 East Meridian in Dade City for 10 years. He later was a long-distance truck driver with Lindsay Transport for about 10 years and later hauled fruit locally for Pasco Packing and then Oakley Transport. Family was so important to him and a cherished memory was teaching his sons and grandchildren to fish. When he was no longer able to fish, he enjoyed talking with them about their fishing trips. He was always available to give them any advice on fishing he thought they might use. Two brothers, Leroy and Jasper Fagan preceded him in death along with two sisters, Dorothy Terry and Elaine Terry; and his parents, Dave and Sadie Fagan. His wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Burnsed Fagan survives along with two sons, Derek (Judy) Fagan and Michael (Lisa) Fagan; two grandsons, Trevor (Sherry) Fagan and Tyler (Jenna) Fagan; two granddaughters, Samantha (Daniel) Burnett and Cortney (Ryan) Wilhite; four great grandsons, Camden Fagan, Easton Fagan, Jase Burnett and Lane Burnett. He is also survived by one brother, Joe Fagan of Decatur, AL. Visitation and funeral services were held on Aug. 8 at Hodges Family Funeral Home 301 Chapel in Dade City, followed by the burial at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gulfside Hospice, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O Lakes, FL 34639.
Jacalyn Jones JONES, Jacalyn “Geri”, 67, of Dade City, passed away on Aug. 9, 2018. Her father, Bennie Dietz, preceded her in death, along with her mother, Velma Long; sister, Katherine Washburn; brother, Ricki Dietz; son, Bennie Jones; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Riesenbeck. Her loving husband, Bruce Jones, survives along with daughters, Wendy (Jimmy) Williams and Cindy (Gary) Riesenbeck, four granddaughters, two grandsons, three great grandsons, and one great granddaughter. Jacalyn was well known by many in the community. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Ronnie ‘Monkey’ Lyman LYMAN, Ronnie “Monkey”, 33, of Dade City, passed away Aug. 6, 2018 in Zephyrhills. He was born on Jan. 15, 1985 in Dade City to Ronnie Lyman and Brenda Ellison and was a lifelong area resident. His son, Skyler Lee Lyman, survives along with Skyler’s mother, Elizabeth Ann Garcia; two stepchildren, Miguel Vidal Garcia and Christina Marie Bowman; his mother, Brenda Ellison Hammer and her husband, Kimber; his father, Ronnie Lyman; three siblings, Ric Whitehead, Marvin Whitehead, and DeeDee Adams; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including Bradley Ellison, Ricky and Barbara Lyman, and Patric Whitehead.A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time Thursday evening. In lieu of flowers, family request donations in his memory to go to Skyler’s educational fund.
Linda Arnold Storch STORCH, Linda Arnold, 67, of Dade City, passed away on Aug. 7, 2018. She is survived by her siblings, Ernest (Susie), Debbie, Michelle, and Billy. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Euann (Hambrick) Williams WILLIAMS, Euann, 58, of Lacoochee, passed away on Aug. 2, 2018. She was born on Sept. 15, 1959 in Trenton to the late Willie Hambrick Sr. and Mary Louise Hambrick. She later moved from Trenton to Lacoochee and was married to the late Richard Williams, Sr. Euann leaves to cherish her memories her stepchildren, Dee’Angela Parker, Gloria Grace, Currie Fulton, John Fields, and Richard Williams Jr.; sister, Marvis Hambrick; brothers, James Cohen, Hasell Hambrick, Ronald (Theresa) Hambrick, and Freddie Temple; sister-in-law, Janice Hambrick; best friends, Gloria Jean Allen andTwanda Marshall; special aunt, Essie D. Jackson; nieces and nephews, Vanessa Hambrick, Troy Grant, Cameron Matthews; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and dear friends. Visitation was held on Aug. 10 at Friendship Baptist Church in Lacoochee followed by a celebration of life on Aug. 11 at the Glorious Worship Center in Dade City. Milton Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Donna R. Young YOUNG, Donna R., 71, passed away Aug. 2, 2018 at her home in St. Petersburg. She was born in Olean, N.Y. on Jan 1, 1947 to Lenard Dempsey and Adeline Paugh Aloia. Donna was a free spirit, loving mother and devoted wife to her husband. She loved to travel, care for her family, and made a unique impression on everyone that met her. Her parents preceded in death along with her husband, Edric Young; brother, John Dempsey; sister, Bonnie Dempsey Hudson; and son, Danny Outman.Her children, David Outman, Julee Cannon, Jonna Snedeker and Edric Young survive along with grandchildren, Damon, Kailin, Dane, Christy, Chloe, Olivia, Bennett, Owen and Dawson; three great grandchildren; and brothers, Leroy Dempsey, Ralph Aloia and Lorraine Wetherington. Services were held Aug. 9 at Hodges Family Funeral Home’s U.S. 301 Chapel, followed by a committal service at Floral Memory Gardens.
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