Obituaries October 27, 2011

Published on: October 27, 2011

Robert J. Kubik
Robert J. Kubik, 85, of Wimauma passed away October 17, 2011. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to this area 25 years ago. He had been under the care of Hospice. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betsy Emerson Kubik.

Phyllis Walker
Phyllis Walker, 96, died  September. 22, 2011.  She loved Sun City Center and participated in many of the activities and clubs available, soon after moving here, 21 years ago with her late husband, Howard.  She was a member of the “Gadabouts” and took many trips with them.  In between, she dabbled in  ceramics, loved decorating her house, and joined a Saturday night bridge club.  This group became very special to her, and she continued to play up to 3 months before she died.  Earlier, her main passions were golf (2 holes-in-one) and line dancing.  She was very perceptive, a good listener, and willing to help others with her calm, open, trustworthy wisdom.

She will be greatly missed by her friends and especially her daughter and grandchildren in Atlanta, and a son in St Petersburg.  

By request, there will be no service.

Lt. Colonel Mabel H. Corbin
Lt. Colonel Mabel H. Corbin, 92, of Kings Point, Sun City, Florida, died October 15, 2011 at home after an extended illness. She was born September 5, 1919 in Westminster; she was the daughter of the William F. and Rosa M. Corbin.

Col. Corbin was a graduate of Westminster High School, and Union Memorial School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD., and received degrees from the University of Puget Sound, Washington, and the University of Central Florida. During her twenty two years of service in the Army Nurse Corps she was stationed at Letterman Army Hospital in S.F California, Walter Reed A.H, Washington D.C, Valley Forge A.H in Phoenixville ,Pa., Ft. McClellan A.H in Alabama, Magigan A. H. in Tacoma Washington, Martin A.H in Ft. Benning, Ga., and retired from DeWitt A.H in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in 1970. Her overseas assignments included two tours in Germany at Augsburg and Stuttgart, Fountainbleau, France, MAAG Teheran, Iran, Sendoi, Tokyo, Yokohoma and Koyto in Japan and served in the 8076 MASH during the Korean Conflict.

She was predeceased by two sisters Ruth V. Grill and Pearl M. Helwig, and six brothers, William F. Jr., Herbert, Richard, Woodrow, Edward and Raymond Corbin.  She is survived by 15 nieces and nephews.

Olive Wright
Olive Wright of Sun City Center, 96, died after a brief illness.  Olive was one of 11 sisters and one brother that preceded her in death.   Olive was born in Maywood, N.J. and lived in Hackensack, N.J., Brecksville, OH, Peachtree City, GA. and has been a resident of Sun City Center, Florida for the past 14 years.   Olive was active in Sun City Center Senior Friends H20 and a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Sun City Center.  A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Long Beach, Island, N.J. where her ashes will be interred in the memorial garden at the church with those of her sisters.  Memorial contributions can be made in her name to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Sun City Center, FL.

William C. “Hooty” Buzbee
2/3/1940 – 8/30/2011
William C. Buzbee “Hooty” 71, of Ruskin, Fla., surrounded by his wife and children went to heaven August 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, William H. “Buddy” Buzbee. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Jane; two sons, Mark (Marcile) Buzbee and Scott (Laurette) Buzbee; a daughter, Wendy Buzbee and her fiancée, Russell Sexton; his mother, Della Buzbee; his sister, Dot (Bob) Updegrove and 9 grandchildren, Shelby, Wyatt, Talon, twins, Skylar and Levi, Morgendy and Mayley Buzbee and Cody and Dylan Smith.  He was born and raised in the area and everyone who’s been around Ruskin for long knew him.  He’s been described as a good old boy with a heart of gold. He was raised in a family of commercial fishermen and attended Ruskin Elementary and graduated from East Bay High. His first job was at the Coffee Cup.  He pumped gas when it was 27.9 cents a gallon, cut meat and cashiered.  In 1960, he went to work for Archie Hamlin Nursery.  He retired as its general manager in 1998, after 38 years.  He met his wife Jane Colding (also born and raised in the area) in high school. They were married in 1962 and had three children.   Being a grandfather is what he loved the most.  When asked what he is proudest of, without batting an eyelash he would say “My grandchildren – all of them”. He loved teaching his children and grandchildren how to hunt, drive a swamp buggy, fish, throw a cast net, smoke and fry fish and of course how to pull off a good practical joke.  He was always known for making you laugh and a joy to be around.  When asked what his epitaph on his tombstone should read he said – “To be remembered as everybody’s friend”.  “I enjoy people and I get along with everyone.”  His family will always remember him as a devoted husband, Dad and Pawpaw. A man of many talents and blessed with the ability to fix just about anything, a kind hearted man that dearly loved not only his family but his friends too and everyone who ever met him he made laugh.  

Della M. Buzbee
3/24/1914 – 9/11/2011
Della Mae Buzzbe, 97, of Ruskin, Fla., went to heaven September 11, 2011.  She was born and raised in the area.   She retired as manager for Ruskin Rexall and was a member of the Ruskin Veterans of Foreign Wars Women’s Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy; her son, Hooty; and two daughters, Patty and Jean. Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy (Bob) Updegrove; two brothers, George (Marge) Middlebrook and Lloyd (Maryann) Middlebrook; her daughter-in-law, Jane Buzbee; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.