Obituaries August 9, 2012

Published on: August 8, 2012

William Eugene McConnaughey
William Eugene McConnaughey, 91,  died peacefully at Sun City Center, Florida, on July 21, 2012.  He was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, but spent most of his career in the Washington, D. C. area.  As a Navy research chemical engineer, he was a pioneer in developing breathing systems for use on nuclear submarines and later on the Apollo spacecrafts.  “Bill” also played a vital role in developing international standards for safe shipment of seagoing hazardous materials for the Coast Guard.  He achieved the rank of Captain in the Naval Reserve.  After retiring, he and his wife Eunice enjoyed life in Arizona for 14 years.  He had a passion for the outdoors and hiking, and participated in many photography exhibitions with photos of his hikes in the mountains of Arizona.  In 1992, he and Eunice moved to Sun City Center, Florida.  He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.  He was well-known for his ability to spread joy and build friendships everywhere he went.  Bill was a loving and adored husband, a wonderful father, and a beloved grandfather and uncle.  He is survived by Eunice his wife of 68 years, and by three sons and their spouses, Thomas, James (Rosemarie), Robert (Ashley), by grandchildren Richard, Hannah, and Haley, and nieces Pam, Gracie, Janie, and Pat. He will be greatly missed. A funeral service at Arlington Cemetery is planned.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in his name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

William Edward Weber Sr.
William Edward Weber Sr.,75 , of Sun City Center, went to be with the Lord July 27, 2012 at home under the care of LifePath Hospice.  Ed is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret “Marge”  (Taber); son Wm Edward Jr. (Renee’) and daughter, Desna V. Weber Oates  (Tom);  grandchildren,  Alexandra “Allie” and Chase Weber;  a brother, B.B. Weber Jr., all of Harford county Maryland.     

Ed was born in Baltimore, MD, October 13, 1936.  He served in the US Army from 1955 – 1958.  Following his military service, he attended University of Maryland and received his degree in 1963.  He retired from Baltimore County Board of Education in Maryland.  Ed and Marge moved to Sun City Center in October 2007.  He was an avid golfer and loved a good round of golf and since coming to SCC, enjoyed playing softball.  Ed will be missed by his many friends and relatives.

Roberta (Robbie) Andrews Henderson
Roberta (Robbie) Andrews Henderson passed away Friday, July 27, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Andrew H. (Flash) Henderson. Born in 1919 in Timmonsville, South Carolina, to Robert Crawford and Bertha McClendon Andrews, she was graduated from Timmonsville High School and from Columbia College in Columbia, SC.

Robbie met Flash in St. Simons Island, GA, where she was an elementary school teacher. He was stationed at the Brunswick, GA, Naval Air Station. Flash’s naval air career allowed them to live in many places, including three very enjoyable years in Hawaii. After Flash’s retirement, they built their “island house” on the golf course at St. Simons Island and spent very happy years there enjoying golfing with and entertaining their many wonderful friends.

Survivors include a cousin, Georgia Mae Allen of Kinston, NC; nieces and nephews Arden Andrews McKenzie of Tallahassee, Fl; J. Thomas Donohoe (Judy) of Isle of Palms, SC; David M. Andrews (Sandy) and Cary M. Andrews (Liz) of Florence, SC; James H. Andrews, Jr, Richard D. Andrews (Sue), David H. Andrews, Jr (Stacie), and Davonne Andrews Polk (Dennis) of Lamar, SC; and Robbie Andrews DeLoach (Lauren) of Beaufort, SC. She is also survived by Flash’s nieces and nephews Jane Edwards Pirani (Mark) of Marion, AR, Shelby Edwards, Jr. of Forest Hill, LA, Martha Lindsay Denninger (Bob) of Highland Village, TX, and Dan Ashford Lindsay (Charlotte) of Scaly Mountain, NC. There are many great nieces and nephews and several great-greats.

She was preceded in death by a sister Dene Andrews Donohoe Munn, brothers: Robert Crawford Andrews, Jr, David Henry Andrews, James Harold Andrews, and by sister-in-law Martha Henderson Lindsay Edwards, as well as a niece Dorinda Dene Donohoe and two nephews: Robert Crawford Andrews, III and George Allen Andrews.

A service will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center, Fl, 33573.  Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.

Joseph King
Joseph King, 83, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away July 19, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army. He retired as owner of Florida Azalea Specialist in Wimauma. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael King and two brothers, Milton and Larry King. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Donna King; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Jim Hercules; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Eleanor King and Jeff and Debra King; two sisters-in-law, Lillian King and Maxine King; 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. The family received friends 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.

Carl A. LaMar
Carl A. LaMar, 81, a 17 year resident of Sun City Center, FL passed away August 1, 2012. Carl was born on February 14, 1931 to Rose Fijal LaMar and Anthony LaMar.

Carl was a long time resident of Danbury, CT from 1953 to 1994. He graduated from Bethel, CT High School in 1949. He received his BS and MA Degrees in 1953 and 1963 from Western Connecticut State University. He obtained his 6th year degree from Fairfield University of Connecticut in 1965 and took advanced administration classes at Fordham University, New York. Carl’s career in education started as a math teacher in Bethel, CT school system. He continued on as Director of state and federally funded programs and assistant superintendent of business in the Danbury public school system for 20 years. He served as assistant superintendent in the Wyandanch, NY schools from 1982 to 1987 and assistant superintendent in Windham, CT schools from 1987 to 1994 when he and his wife, Joan retired to Sun City Center, Fla. Some of Carl’s accomplishments include president of the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials and member of Phi Delta Kappa. Carl was a member of Caloosa Country Club and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Paul and Maybelle Weeks and his sister-in-law, Shirley McCarty. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Joan Weeks LaMar; two daughters, Carol LaMar Dallas and her husband, Art Fisher and Deborah LaMar Gsell; four grandchildren, Matthew Dallas and his wife, Mary Beth, Stacey Dallas Zinn and her husband, Russell, Casey Gsell, and Greyson Gsell; four great grandchildren, Connor, Emma, and Taylor Dallas and Russell Zinn. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2012 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center, Fla. Inurnment will be in Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Carl’s name to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.