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Obituaries: October 24, 2013

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Patti Jo Hatfield

May 10, 1953 - October 18, 2013

Patti Jo Hatfield, 60, of Ruskin, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013.

Born May 10, 1953 in Buckhan County, Va., Patti was a longtime resident of Ruskin, Fla., along with her husband Larry Hatfield.

She worked hard at their family business as a tropical fish farmer. She loved to garden and being out on the boat fishing.

Patti is preceded in death by her mother Ella Marie; sister Brenda, and brother Newton Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband Larry Hatfield of Ruskin;  children Joey Hatfield and Erica Schaub of Ruskin; son-in law Mike Schaub and daughter- in-law Tina Detty; grandchildren Sarah, Joshua and Peite; father Newton Boyd, of Zephyrhills; siblings Faye Whitehurst and Larry Boyd of Tampa.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday night, October 22, 2013 at Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Darrell Lee Williams

Darrell Lee Williams, man of Nature, former Navy sailor, commercial diver, marine captain, navigator of the seas, and fisherman died on September 30, 2013 in sunny Florida. 

Born on June, 22, 1950 in Glendale, California, he was the son of Loretta May Norton and Darrell Maurice Williams. He was one of five brothers including Jack Chase (deceased), Robert Chase, Randall Williams (wife Tami) and Gregory Hoffman, all of California.

Darrell worked as a contractor for telecommunications companies throughout the United States. In 1989, he accepted a contract with GTE and was sent to Everett, Washington, where he met his future wife, also a telecommunications contractor, who had waited 42 years for his arrival.  

Shortly thereafter, they were given the opportunity to work in Florida and left Washington for 22 years. Darrell and Sydney Ann embraced the Florida lifestyle. Darrell enjoyed golfing and had been a member of the Gasparilla Krewes, Rough Riders and F-Troop.

Darrell was the consummate host, chef and bartender. Guests in their home were never left unattended. Situated on a canal, their patio and tiki bar were festooned with lights, plants, and colorful paintings of sea life. It certainly attracted the attention of passing boats.  Darrell was an entertainer and teller of tales. His life was rich with experiences that made his stories both mesmerizing and hysterical. 

He was the best of husbands, always insuring that Sydney Ann had what she needed to have a happy life.

Darrell was a wonderful and caring son-in law to his mother-in-law Sybil Johnson of Everett, Washington and happily accepted her grandchildren and Sydney Ann’s nieces and nephews as his own family. He was loved very much by all of them.

He leaves behind his wife Sydney Ann of Apollo Beach, his Mason family of Everett Washington and his California brothers. He also leaves behind legions of friends who will miss his humor, stories and most of all, his thoughtfulness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to C.A.R.E. Animal rescue, 1528 27th St. SE, Ruskin, FL 33570, or the National Kidney Foundation

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