Chris Rodriguez Sr. 46, of Ruskin, FL passed away June 2, 2010. Chris was born in Austin, TX and was raised in Ruskin. He is survived by the love of his life, Rosita Lorenzo and six children, Anita (Juan Carlos), Quickers Jr. (Liliana), Fabian, Michael, Amanda, Marcos, and five beautiful grandchildren, Juan Jr., Abigail, Haley, Jamie, and Fabian Jr. He is also survived by three brothers, Ricky (Gracie), Phillip, and Sedonio Jr. and one sister, Melinda also plenty of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins especially Sarah. He was a special father, grandpa, brother, and uncle. He will be missed dearly, forever loved and never forgotten.
Viewing will be held at Zipperers Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 9 from 6-8pm and Thursday, June 10 from 9:30-11am.
PARISH, Charles Lafayette
Charles Lafayette Parish Sr., 87, passed away at his home peacefully and in comfort, surrounded by his daughter Leslie Strunk and her family.
Charles Parish was born in Panama City, Florida, and as a child moved to the Washington, D.C. area. As a young adult he made the decision to serve his country and enlisted in the US Army Air Force on October 1, 1942. As an Aviation Cadet he received training with the 813th Bombardier Training Squadron at Midland Army Airfield in Midland, TX. He then served in the European Air Offensive where he completed 36 bombing missions over Northern France. After returning to the states Charles was awarded the commission of Second Lieutenant upon entering Flight School on November 13, 1943. First Lieutenant Charles L. Parish was discharged on September 17, 1945 from Fort Sam Houston, TX. He was awarded the following medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and EAME Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars. He was a Hero to his family. During his time in World War II, he carried an accordion with him during his travel, and such began his love for music. He taught himself to play the Steel Guitar and could play most any instrument he happened to pick up. He was not one for reading music, so all of his music was played from ear. It was apparent that he had music in his soul, he could most always be found with his fingers and feet tapping, humming or whistling a tune. In May of 1949, he married the love of his life Mary Louise Flynn. The couple and their children lived on both the Western and Eastern Shore of Maryland. In the 1980’s he retired as an Automobile Body Mechanic Manager, left their home in Parsonsburg, MD and moved to Ruskin; where he and his wife enjoyed the relaxation of retired life and the opportunity to continue to play the music he so loved. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW, as well as the Manasota Steel Guitar Club. On August 8, 2009, during a return trip to Maryland to visit with family and friends, he was presented with a Proclamation from the County Council of Wicomico County Maryland, naming August 8, “Charles L Parish Day”.
What will his family and friends remember about him? They will remember his love for music both country and big band. His sense of humor and beautiful blue eyes, that his favorite treats were always cookies and candy. They will remember his quiet and laid back personality, and his dedication, unconditional and unspeakable love for his family and friends. They will remember the respect that he gained from all he came into contact with. His friends will remember him most of all for the smooth and unique way he could make the steel guitar sing. Dad, you are and forever will be greatly missed and will always remain fondly in the hearts of those that knew and loved you.
His wife, Mary Louise; sister, Doris St. Clair; and grandson Daniel “Big D” Strunk preceded him in death. To cherish fond memories he leaves his brother, Jesse M. Parish (Helen) of Parsonsburg, MD, three children, Charles L. Parish Jr. of Oakhurst, CA, Diane P. Salyer (Steve) of Vienna, VA and Leslie P Strunk (Frank) of Ruskin. Six grandchildren, Charles L Parish III, Krista Camacho (Milton) both of Chesapeake VA, Cari Narvaez (Juan), Timothy Strunk (Katrina), Matthew Strunk (Danielle) all of Ruskin. Elizabeth Gomez (Mike) of Oakhurst, CA. Four great grandchildren, Sarah Miller of Chesapeake, VA; brothers Noah and Luis Narvaez, Cheyanne Boyd, all of Ruskin, and many nieces and nephews, along with a large circle of friends.
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, June 13 at 3:00PM at the Hospice Chapel in Sun City Center, Florida. Interment will follow at a later date when he will be placed to rest with his beloved wife and grandson. Memorials in memory of Charles can be sent to LifePath Hospice, 12973 N. Telcom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 or The “Big D” Scholarship Fund at Ruskin Christian School, 820 College Ave W., Ruskin, FL, 33570. Arrangements were under the direction of Southern Funeral Care. Online condolences and memorials: www.southernfuneralcare.com
CARTER, Betty Joe
Betty Carter passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010. She is survived by many family and friends. Service will be held at Sun City Center Funeral Home on Thursday, June 10. Viewing at 5 pm and service at 6 pm. For more details, log on to suncitycenterfuneralhome.com
Clara “Sue” Boin, 93 of Sun City Center passed away on May 22, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Boin and son Robert A. Boin.
Mrs. Boin is survived by her son Richard Boin, grand-daughters Michele Grimes and Lisa Hart, and 4 great-grandchildren: Shelby, Brook, Madison and David.
A memorial service will be held in New Jersey.