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Obituaries 10-22-09 Driggers, Newton, St.John
By Observer News  news@observernews.net
Oct 22, 2009 - 10:24:17 PM

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Jessie W. “Vito”  Driggers
Jessie W. “Vito”  Driggers, 17, of Ruskin passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. He is survived by his parents, Rocky and Phyllis Driggers; sister, Courtney; brother, Rocky Jr; grandfather, Verlin Driggers; grandmother, Alma Lambert; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services were held October 20, 2009 at the Double-D Ranch, 3308 Double-D Ranch Trail, off 30th St . SE in Ruskin.  Arrangements were made by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Dorothy Newton
Dorothy M. Newton, 89, died peacefully on October 7, 2009 at Homewood Residence in Sun City Center Florida, where she lived happily for the past 5 years.
She was born In Columbus, Ohio on March 18, 1920 and adopted by Bernice Noel Messmer and Joseph Alfred Messmer.
She graduated from high school in Westerville, OH, in 1938 and worked as a bookkeeper at Kilgore Cap Guns In Columbus, Ohio, until her marriage to Edward Baker Newton in Westerville in 1942. They lived in South Charleston, WV, and then moved to Old Greenwich, Connecticut in 1948. She had many loyal friends and fond memories there.
Dorothy worked at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, and volunteered at the Greenwich Hospital. As a breast cancer survivor, she was involved in the first Reach to Recovery program at the hospital. She was a member of the First Congregational Church In Old Greenwich, served as a deaconess, and was active in the Women’s Fellowship.
Dorothy and Ed retired to Sun City Center near Tampa, in 1978. She volunteered at the Sun City Center   library for 20 years, tried her hand at crafts, and was a member of the United Community Church.
She was preceded in death in 1999 by Ed, her husband of 57 years. She Is survived by 2a daughter, Louise Witherspoon, and her husband, John Michael, of Port Haywood, Virginia, and a son, Joseph Edward Newton, and his wife, Shirley, of Hilton Head, South Carolina. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren (Brad, Kathy, Matt, Jeff, Alec) and 13 great grandchlldren (Brendon, Spencer, Luke, Eleanor, Oaire, Derek, Russell, Taylor, Graham, Adeline, Ava, Amelia, and Tucker).
Dorothy will be remembered for her love of reading, use of proper etiquette, appreciation of early American furniture, old china, decoys and her interest In trying new recipes, love of any kind of chocolate, and preserving family holiday traditions.
She faithfully corresponded with her friends and family and never forgot their birthdays. At the end of her life she graciously gave support to all of her extended family.
A family memorial service and celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date.


Melvin E. St. John
Melvin E. St. John, 75, of Ruskin, died October 13, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and loving family.
A Memorial service was held Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Sun City Center Funeral Home. Additional information can be found at www.suncitycenterfuneralhome.com .

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