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Obituaries: December 26, 2013

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C. John Bialek

C. John Bialek, 85, of Sun City Center passed away December 21, 2013. John was devoted to his wife of 61 years, Clementina. He also loved his family and leaves his daughter Dorothy Anderson and her husband Robert of Sun City Center, Fla., and son John J. Bialek and his wife Kim and grandson Michael Bialek of East Hampton, Conn.

John was originally from Scranton, Pa. and lived in New Britain, Conn. until 1979 when he moved to Kensington, Conn. and then moved to Sun City Center, Fla. in 2000.

John was a veteran of the U.S. Army and saw action in the Korean War.

He worked for the Stanley Works, then worked for many years for Sears Roebuck & Co.

In addition to his hobby of woodworking, John enjoyed puttering around his yard in Connecticut and took great joy in having a lawn that looked like a carpet. Arrangements by Zipperer’s.

 

Verlin Lee Driggers

Vernon Driggers

Verlin Lee Driggers, 80 years old,  of Ruskin passed away December 19, 2013 after a brief stay at LifePath Hospice of Sun City Center. He was born in Wimauma, Fla. on Nov 10, 1933.

Verlin was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mary Jon Driggers, grandson Jesse Driggers, four sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by sons Clark (Penny), Dennis, and Rocky (Phyllis) of Ruskin; daughter Brenda (Clark) Davis of Folkston, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held Monday, December 23, followed by burial at Fellowship Cemetery in Wimauma. Arrangements by Zipperer’s.

 

David C. Durrance Sr.

David Durrance Sr.

David Carlyle Durrance Sr., 80, passed away December 17, 2013. A native Floridian, he was born March 16, 1933.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Frieda Durrance; sister Barbara Dishon; children David Jr. and wife Debbie, Dan and wife Tracy, Denise Perez and husband Elisha, Dean and friend Nancy; brother-in-law Fritz Henke and wife Pat; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, and one due to arrive in April 2014.

He was predeceased by daughter Diane Elizabeth.

A graduate of Manatee High School, David was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired from Wickes/Leeds Lumber Co. He also had served as the Director of the Palmetto Boys Club.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Southside Baptist Church, 4208 U.S. Hwy 41 South in Ruskin.

 

The family of Mason Sikes
would like to thank all those who participated in his funeral service on December 7, 2013. 
There is no way that anyone could possibly understand how much a family in need of support will find it when the time comes. 
However, we have found loving support, gracious thoughts, and endless prayers from many friends and family. Our family has been humbled by the outpouring of phone calls, food, visits, and cards. 
We would like to recognize all those who made his service one of complete beauty and honor, especially the two soldiers from Fort Stewart, Ga. 
Mason is now at peace and is suffering no more and in the days to come we again ask for your prayers and support
as we begin our healing process. 
But, from the very bottom of our hearts we thank everyone and wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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