Oct. 4, 2018

Published on: October 3, 2018

Jack L. Banther

Jack L. Banther, 81, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed peacefully from this life on Sept. 30, 2018. This fun-loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend was born in Sullivan, Ind. 

He worked his first job alongside his father at Kraft foods in Summitville, Ind. He was a school bus driver for 21 years and retired from General Motors after 28 and one-half years. He then followed his retirement dream to Florida.

Jack was a U.S. Army Veteran and claimed to “shoot” his fellow soldiers… as he was a U.S. Army photographer. He was a longtime member of the Free Masons, Scottish Rite and Shriners. He attended Purdue University, Ball State University and Anderson University.

Jack was an avid fisherman, and over the years he enjoyed camping, boating, photography, jazz music and traveling. He was the photographer for many weddings of family and friends. He was known for his sense of humor and generous heart.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Cleo “Buster” and Lois Banther. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Phyllis M. Banther; his son Larry Banther of Indiana; his daughter Marla Chambers and her husband Gerald Chambers and his granddaughter Mackenzie Chambers of North Carolina. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pat Little of Sun City Center, Fla.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Sun City Christian Center, 17566 U.S. 301 S., Wimauma, FL 33598.


David S. Curry Jr.

David S. Curry Jr., 67, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away Sept. 27, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army and retired as owner of Technology-OnCall. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, the Sun City Center Men’s Club and an avid guitar player. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joann, and his granddaughter Delaney Joy Payne. Survivors include his wife of 22 years Cathy L. Curry;  daughter Lesley (Zach) Wasson; grandson Ashton Payne; granddaughter Azlan Wasson; and two sisters, Beckie (Roger) Gimblet and Darlene (Tom) McLain; two nieces, Julia Gimblet and Kristie (Dylan) Osgood; his best canine buddy Sandee and his many, many friends in Sun City Center, Fla. and in Houston, Texas. 

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, Fla. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. 813-634-9900.


Susan J. Gmachowski

Susan J. (Wendling) Gmachowski, 77, of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Bellingham, Mass. died peacefully on September 16, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Gmachowski Jr. and her sister Ruth Devine, who passed in 2016.

Born in Melrose, Mass. on January 19, 1941. The daughter of Albert C. and Edna (Schwab) Wendling. She lived in Framingham through her childhood and then settled in Bellingham for 29 years to raise her family. Employed through the years as a Hair Stylist and in Child Development before retiring to Apollo Beach in 1997. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Beth Leporati of Blackstone, Mass. and Kim Bishop of Ruskin, Fla., her four grandchildren GS11/SSgt USAF Sean Gmachowski of Blackstone, Mass., Nickolas Leporati of Blackstone, Mass., Brittny Bishop of Ruskin, Fla., Petty Officer 3rd Class U.S. Navy  Rianne Bishop of Ruskin, Fla. and her brother Albert Wendling of Apollo Beach, Fla.

Susan was a graduate of Framingham High School in 1959. She was active in the church and taught Sunday School for many years both at Bellingham Bible Baptist Church in Bellingham, Mass. and Simmons Loop Baptist Church in Riverview, Fla. She had a passion for reading and travel and spent many summers on the beaches of Cape Cod, Mass. with her family.

There are no calling hours and there will be a private graveside service. She will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery beside her husband. In lieu of flowers, she was a huge animal lover, and donations can be made to C.A.R.E., 1528 27th Street S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570.


Clarence Archibald Strickland

Clarence Archibald Strickland was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 23, 1992, and went home to be with our Lord on September 26, 2018. Clarence was an incredible, smart, kind loving man. He would give you the shirt off his back to help out any one in need whether he knew you or not. 

He was a caring Father to his two daughters. He loved them so very much. His personality was contagious to anyone who crossed paths with him. He brought so much joy to everyone’s life. His smile would light up any room he entered. Clarence was a hard working man. 

Clarence graduated from Sneads High School in 2010.  Since then he worked as an iron worker for the past eight years. Clarence is survived by his parents Danny Strickland and Bonnie Ahrman; sister Crystal Fulkinson; brothers Lil Danny, Lil Tim Gibson and Josh Strickland; grandparents Stella Strickland, Clarence Ahrman and Jean Fleming. He leaves behind two beautiful daughters Aleah Marie Courington and Danni Lynn Strickland. He also leaves behind 14 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Cecil Strickland. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Clarence will be forever missed and remembered by his family and friends. Clearance loved the beach, country music and hanging out with his family and friends. He was a huge Florida Gators fan and was loyal about his team. He took so much pride in everything he did. He was known as the Big Goof Ball because he made everyone laugh all the time. He was taken too soon from this world but we are very thankful for the 26 years we had with him. God needed the Perfect Angel so he called Clarence home. Arrangements by Zipperer’s funeral home.


In loving memory of Sarah Franklin

Oct. 11, 1943 – Oct. 6, 2017

It has been a year since you’ve been gone and we all miss you so much.

You are forever in our hearts!

James Franklin, Spring Wallen, Shelley Alfonso and 

Jamie Franklin