Eulice R. "Dinky" Rosier
Rosier, Eulice R. “Dinky” 74 yrs, of Wesley Chapel, entered into eternal rest, Monday, December 4, 2006 at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. She was born May 28, 1932 in Hillsborough County, Florida, the daughter of Thomas Olin and Lula Christian Williams Townsend. She had lived in Wyoming returning to the area 9 years ago. She attended Wesley Chapel First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, William C. Rosier; her daughter, Cleo McGlaun; her brothers, Joseph Arthur, Edward and Orville Townsend; her sisters, Clara Tyson, Iretha Knighton and Betty Bookman. She is survived by her brother, A. C. Townsend, Odessa, Florida; her sister, Iris Rosier of Wesley Chapel; her grandchildren: Brandy Ball of Ohio, Marcie McGlaun of Mississippi and Hardy McGlaun of Ohio; two great grandchildren: Tristian and Tierney Ball; many nieces, nephews and friends. Homegoing services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at Hodges Family Funeral Home, 36327 Highway 54, Zephyrhills with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date in Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Seale, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hernando Pasco Hospice.
Charles F. Hazekamp
Hazekamp, Charles F., 78, of Wesley Chapel, passed away, Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at Sunbelt Nursing Center, Zephyrhills, Florida. He was born July 16, 1928 in Hawthorne, New Jersey the son of Frederick and Myrtle Hazekamp. He has lived in area 25 years, moving from Ridgewood, New Jersey. He had been a member of the Ridgewood Fire Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife , Jean of 55 years: his children, Susan Henshall of Hawthorne, NJ, John and his wife, Carol, of Stratham, NH, Richard Hazekamp, Ridgewood, NJ, Cheryl Schreyer of Greenwood Lake, NY; his siblings, Shirley Lennon of Hawthorne, NJ and Robert Hazekamp of Tacoma, WA; 6 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Sat., December 9, 2006 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Rd. 54, Wesley Chapel, with Pastor Scott Lindner officiating.
Gerald D. "Jerry" Wilson
Wilson, Gerald D. “Jerry”, 68, of Zephyrhills, Florida passed away on Sunday morning, December 3, 2006 after a long and determined battle against heart disease. Jerry was born in Gilpin, Kentucky to Martha and Luther Wilson. Jerry went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne and was also proud of the time that he spent in the 7th Infantry Div., 73rd Tank Battalion and on reconnaissance. After serving his country, Jerry spent his career in Cincinnati prior to retiring to Zephyrhills in June 2004. Jerry was a devoted family man and loving father to his children, as well as a friend to all who were lucky enough to know him. The joy of his life was spending time with his family, whether it was traveling, fishing (trout in particular), camping, playing video poker or watching Western movies. He is survived and missed by his immediate family which includes his adoring wife of 47 years, Margorie Wilson (nee Gregg), his son Jeffrey Wilson (Mary Beth Mignerey), Wesley Chapel, his daughters Kim ( Rob) Sunday, Cincinnati and Kelli (Ken) Mather, Wesley Chapel. He is also survived, and equally missed, by his brothers Luther Wilson, Cincinnati, Ohio, Roy Lamb, Newport Kentucky, his sister Bobby Carol Sherrill, Lake Havasue, Arizona, as well as his grandchildren Jennifer Wilson, Stephanie Sunday, Robby Sunday, Brittany Peltier, Gerald Wilson, Abbie Peltier, and great-grand son DJ Daniels. Visitation will be 9 to 10 am Friday December, with a service at 10 am at Hodges Family Funeral Home, Highway 54, Zephyrhills; FL. Jerry’s final resting place will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
Patrick Fredrick Rafferty
Rafferty, Patrick Frederick, 70, Zephyrhills, passed away at his residence, December 5, 2006. He was born in Detroit, MI the son of Ardith and Fred Rafferty. He moved to Florida in 1995 from AuGres and Dearborn, MI. He was an Artist Illustrator and retired from Ford Motor Company. He was a member of the Elks#2731, Eagles #3752 and Moose #1682. Patrick always looked forward to his Wednesday Nite Poker Club. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Dolores of almost 45 years, three daughters, Lynn Nichols, Westland, MI. Karen (Garree) Stefan, Grand Rapids, MI and Marsha Rafferty, Zephyrhills, one sister, Mary Ann Badish, Dearborn, one brother, Michael (Denise) Rafferty, Dearborn Heights, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded by his parents, Ardith and Fred Rafferty and son, Philip Rafferty. Services will be held Thursday, December 7, 2006 11:00 AM at Hodges Family Funeral Home on 54.
Theda Maxine Riley
Riley, Theda Maxine, 83, of Dade City, died Sunday, December 3, 2006 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice House in Dade City. She moved to this area in 1988 from Owensboro, Kentucky where she worked for GE for 42 years. She attended the First Baptist Church in Dade City. She was predeceased by her husband, Keith in 2004. Survivors include a daughter JoAnn (Pete) Smeathers of Owensboro, KY; two step sons, Brian and Bruce Riley, both of New Smyrna Beach, FL; three brothers Lucky Litteral of St. Petersburg, Paul Dean Literal of Austin, TX and Bobby Gene Litteral of Houston, TX; three sisters, Nell Herbert of Houston, TX, Kitty Bell Howard of Owensboro, KY and Phyllis Lyons of Michigan; three grandchildren, Darren Smeathers of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jeff Smeathers of Smith's Grove, KY and Leigh Ann (Shane) Hughes of Charlotte, NC; three step grandchildren, Felicia Riley of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Keith Riley of Las Vegas, NV and Julieann Riley of Las Vegas; a sister-in-law, Emma Riley of Dade City; three nieces Pamela (Francis) Greif of San Antonio, FL and Stephanie (Tommy) and Carly Polk of Dade City; two nephews, George Riley and Cauy Polk, both of Dade City; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. in the 5th Street Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home on December 5, 2006 with Pastor Steve Wright officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Ownesboro, KY.
Rev. Virgil Hobbs
Rev. Virgil Odell Hobbs went to to be with the Lord, Friday December 2,2006, 2 days before his birthday, at the home of his daughter Dorothy Copeland, where he resided, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hernando Pasco Hospice. He moved to Florida from Donalsonville, Ga. in 1946 and retired from St. St. Leo University. He was a member of the Dade City Church Of God where he taught Sunday School for 12 years. Survivors include his wife, Lois Nell Hobbs of Zephyrhills;3 sons, Ray (Eloise) Hobbs, Clinton Hobbs,John (Sunny) Hobbs, of Dade City; 3 daughters, Grace (Paul) Hart of Daytona Beach, Dorothy (Marcus) Copeland and Delores Hicks of Dade City; 3 sisters, Lavern Whitehead of Ashford,Ala., Mildred McLendon of Jacksonville and Myrtle Cain of Lynette, Ala.; 8 grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call upon the family Tuesday, December 5 from 5-7 PM at Hodges Family Funeral Home, 11441 HWY 301 Dade City, Fl. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 2 PM at the Funeral Home. The family would like to especially thank Linda Reid, Pam Ross and Kathy Kidd of Hernando Pasco Hospice. In Loving Memory of Virgil, the family request donations be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Clinton Ave, Dade City.
Kenneth Kender, 63, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2006 at his home in Dade City. Born April 21, 1943, he was the son of the late Otho and Hettie (Mullins) Kender. He was united in marriage to Laura Cloud on June 2, 1999 in Tazewell, Virginia. He was a member of the New Testament Church of Dade City. Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother who will be greatly missed. Survivors include his beloved wife, Laura; 2 sons, Deric Kender from Dade City and Eric Kender from NC; 1 step son, Leslie Jenkins from Dade City; 1 brother, Paul Kender from Virginia; 1 sister, Merlene Burton from Dade City and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Kentucky at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Hodges Family Funeral Home HWY 301 Dade City, Florida.Kenneth Kender, 63, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2oo6 at his home in Dade City. Born April 21, 1943, he was the son of the late Otho and Hettie (Mullins) Kender. He was united in marriage to Laura Cloud on June 2, 1999 in Tacewell, Virginia. Survivors include his beloved wife, Laura; 2 sons, Deric and Eric Kender from Dade City; 1 step son, Leslie Jenkins; 1 brother, Paul Kender from Virginia; 1 sister, Merlene Burton from Dade City and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Kentucky at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Hodges Family Funeral Home HWY 301 Dade City, Florida.
Robert Joseph Sharpe
Sharpe, Robert Joseph, 67, of Dade City, FL, passed away Saturday morning, December 2, 2006 at his home under the care of Gulfside Regional Hospice. He was born July 22, 1939 in Toronto, Canada, and moved to this area 45 years ago from New York. He worked at the Pasco County C-Barn as a mechanic, was a US Army Veteran, and an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 43 years: Nancy Jane Sharpe, Dade City, FL; 3 daughters: Helen Marie & Ricky Williams, San Antonio, FL, Cynthia Peterson, Tallahassee, FL, Betsy Lynn & Rikk Weber, Lumberton, FL; 1 son: Robbie & Trish Sharpe Jr., Dade City, FL; his mother: Eva Sharpe, Spring Hill, FL; 2 sisters: Sally Jameson, Homasassa Springs, FL; Debbie Bunn, Spring Hill, FL; 1 brother: Danny Sharpe, Lake City, FL; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father: Joseph Sharpe; and 1 grandson: Joshua Williams. Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at the 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home. Flowers will be gratefully accepted or those that wish may make donations in his memory to Gulfside Regional Hospice 37826 Sky Ridge Circle, Dade City, FL 33525.
Lillian Mae Briggs
Briggs, Lillian Mae, 90, of Dade City, FL, passed away Friday, December 1, 2006 at Heritage Park Care Center in Dade City. She was born July 16, 1916 in Laflin, PA, to William H. Turner and Mary Elizabeth Thomas. She was a loving mother and homemaker whose greatest joy was raising her family. She is survived by her daughter: Marion E. & Charles Reed, Dade City, FL; her son: Stephen A. Briggs, Brandon, FL; 3 sisters: Mary Crandle, Lewisburg, PA, Edith Mickel, Chenango Valley, NY, Rachel Maben, Binghamton, NY; 19 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren including Madelynn Reed. She was preceded in death by her husband: Marion “Slim” Briggs; 2 sons: William M. Briggs and Jack D. Briggs; and 1 granddaughter: Beth Ann Goforth.