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Obituaries April 11, 2013

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Annette Gibson

Annette Gibson, 88, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away on March 12, 2013 at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, Minnesota. She is survived by brother Frank Fiorito of South St. Paul, Minnesota; daughter Margaret (Stanley) Freking of New Ulm, Minnesota; son Col. Thomas (Evelyn) Donnelly (USMC Ret.) of Little Rock Village, Arkansas;  step-daughter Tobee (Leonard) Kaplan of Greensboro, North Carolina; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Annette was preceded in death by husband Henry Gibson, of Sun City Center, Florida; parents Michael and Lucille (Daderio) Fiorito of St. Paul, Minnesota; two brothers named Stanley; brother Michael; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Thomas Persia of Rochester, New York; a granddaughter; and a niece. Her first husband also preceded her in death.

Annette and her husband Henry were founding members of Beth Israel Temple in Sun City Center.  When Henry passed away, Annette and the Kaplans enlarged and upgraded the Temple and parking and added the Henry Gibson Social Hall, as well as a new and larger Menorah on the outside of the Temple in his memory. Annette was also a generous supporter of Camp Ramah Darom. Annette’s generosity was well known, and she seldom refused those who needed help. 

Family and friends will hold a private memorial service in Tampa, Florida in June.


Doyle Jones

Doyle ”Julian” Jones, 81, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away March 26, 2013. He retired as an industrial electrician and was a member of the Sun City Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Anne Mae Jones, and by his sister, Sharon. 

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Rose Mary Jones; children Tracey L. and Stacey K. Jones, and George P. (Evelyn) Grotlisch; grandson Kevin J. Grotlisch; and nine brothers and sisters.

A memorial service was held  Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Sun City Center Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall Building Fund, 321 Green Manor Dr., Sun City Center, Fl 33573 or Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, Fl 33573.


Nellie B. Mason

Nellie B. Mason, 86, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away April 4, 2013. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Mason.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kate Mason; daughter Kathy Joyce; grandsons Brian and Andy (Patti) Mason; and sister Martha Baxley.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, Fla 33573.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Virginia M. Sherwood

Virginia M. Sherwood passed away on Wednesday April 3, 2013. She was deeply loved and her family mourns her loss, but is rejoicing that she is now pain free and reunited with our Lord.

Virginia was born on January 15, 1924 in Maybee, Michigan to parents Myron and Marie Hasley. She was schooled in Monroe MI. In 1944 she married Robert E. Sherwood and worked in a bomber factory at the end of WWII. Virginia had the opportunity to see a lot of the Americas with her husband, who was employed by Ford Motor Company, with stops in Dearborn MI, Mexico City and Sao Palo, Brazil, Lima, Ohio and Atlanta, GA.

Virginia raised three children who survive her: Robert Jr., Richard and Lynn Berta. In addition, she is survived by grandchildren Robert III, Dr. Ashley Sherwood London and Adam Berta; and great-grandchildren Annabelle Apple Sherwood and Jackson Robert London.

Virginia and Robert lived in Sun City Center for a number of years before she returned to Atlanta to be closer to family. Her sister Shirley Bogedian survives and continues to live in Sun City Center.


Beverly Allen Williams

Beverly Allen Williams, 92, of Sun City Center, FL passed away on March 29, 2013.

Beverly was born in Waxahachie, Texas on November 2, 1920. In 1942 she married the love of her life, Col. Charles H. (Squire) Williams. They were happily married for 58 years.

Beverly’s travels with her husband included military tours to Austria, Japan, Turkey, and various other assignments inside the U.S.

Beverly’s surviving sister, Winnie Moser (100 yrs. old), now resides in Abilene, Texas.

Beverly had two sons: Michael E. Williams (deceased with wife Susan);  and Steven A. Williams (wife Cynthia K. Williams) of Sun City Center, Fl. Beverly is also survived by granddaughters Tracy Shields and Brandee Allen, and four great-grandchildren.

Beverly will be truly missed by everyone who knew her and loved her very much.

Services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

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