Obituaries November 22, 2012

Published on: November 21, 2012

Lawrence Armour, Sr.
Lawrence William Armour, Sr.  passed away November 6, 2012. Formerly of Sun City Center, FL, he most recently lived in Dearborn, MI.

Beloved husband for 57 years of Georgine. Dearest father of Sheryl (David) Bieniak and Lawrence Jr. (Kim).  Loving grandfather of Ryan, Jay, Kyle, Warren and great-grandfather of Henry and Emmett. Dear brother of James. 

Larry was born in Vassar, MI where he attended high school and was a football and track star. He graduated from Michigan State and was an employee of Ford Motor Company for 25 years. Loved sports, hunting, and family. 

Memorial Service was held Saturday, November 17 at Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, MI. The family requests donations be made in Larry’s name to the COPD Foundation at

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Jodi Colleen Bavetz
Jodi Colleen Bavita died Thursday, Nov. 15, at her home in Cortland, Ohio, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 50 years old. She had been a resident of Sun City Center and ran a successful business, Bavitz Home Management, for many years in Florida before she moved to Ohio.

She is survived by her companion Lonny Milchling; her two sons Mark Edward Lesnoski and Derek Dean Hutzler; granddaughter Madalyn Elizabeth Lesnowski; and James D. Bavetz.


Thomas I. Diggs
Col. Thomas I, “Tommy” Diggs, 92, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away November 3, 2012.  Born in Washington, DC March 22, 1920, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Doris, of 48 years. Survivors include his son John F. Diggs, Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Jonathan and Maria of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five great-grandchildren.

Col. Diggs made the USAF his career (1942-1971), starting WWII with the 8th Air Force in England, surviving being shot down over France two days after D-Day. 

He retired in 1971, living in Washington DC, Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Sun City Center, FL, with summers in Kennebunkport, Maine. He lived a good and full life in service to his country and family. Burial will be beside his wife in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, thank a Veteran.


Mary Geralyn Register
Mary Geralyn (Jerry) Register died peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Orlando, FL. She was born in Atlanta, GA on July 2, 1921. For many years before retiring, Jerry worked in the office of Dr. Harold Coe, DDS, Orlando, FL.

She was preceded in death by her father, Mercer Callaway Stripling, and her mother, Mary Alice Stripling. She was also preceded in death by both her loving husband of 54 years, Josiah David (JD), who died May 24, 2012, and her only daughter Cheryl Howard, who died July 26, 2012. Jerry is survived by her son-in-law Larry Howard; granddaughters Tiffany Samford and Tracy Howard; and great-granddaughter Savanna Samford, all residing in Texas. She is also survived by her sister Alice Pope Roberts, her niece Jacquelyn (Jackie) Hanner, great niece Alissa Wood (Darrell), great nephew Michael Hanner (Annalee), two great-great nephews and one great-great niece, all residing in Georgia.

At a later date, there will be a graveside service for both Jerry and JD in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Arrangements by Robert Bryant Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 407-240-6080.


Edgar Sikes
Edgar Sikes, 91, of Gibsonton, passed away on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. He served his country proudly during WWII as a P51 Mustang mechanic in the 8th Army/Air Force Division in Essex, England. He fell in love with and married his precious ‘English Rose,’ Gladys Butcher Sikes.  While stationed in Saffron Walden, he and Gladys had two children born in England: their oldest son Keith and only daughter Gloria.

He brought his new family back home to Ruskin, where he had lived his young life until going into the service. He continued his education as a diesel mechanic in Nashville, TN. After completing a year of school, they returned with the third addition to their family: a second son, Bobby. Edgar and Gladys settled in Gibsonton, where they raised their children. Edgar loved his family and he loved to fish. He was a master of making, repairing and throwing a cast net. When he threw that cast net, you knew there would be a bounty of mullet coming home with him. He loved sharing that bounty with friends and family. He and Gladys also owned and operated a tropical fish farm in Riverview. They were happily married for 59 years. He unfortunately lost his loving wife Gladys in 2003. He was also preceded in death by his father, General Sikes, his mother, Beatrice Sikes, and a sister, Myrtle Sikes Clark.

Edgar is survived by two sons: Keith (Carol) Sikes, Bobby (Gayle) Sikes, and daughter Gloria (Benny) Stanaland; four grandchildren, Dean (Kim) Martin, Mickey (Tracy) Martin, Bryan (Krista) Sikes, and Cindi (Danny) Beaver; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mason (Florence) Sikes, and Alfred Sikes; two sisters, Gillie (LaVaughn) Baker, and Maxine Dozier. Edgar is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and other loving family members and friends.

His earthly body was cremated, but his soul will live on in all who loved him. The memorial service is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Fellowship Cemetary Church. Please bring a covered dish and celebrate the life of Edgar Sikes.


In Memoriam
Ronald Chaban
1st Anniversary
4/1/1943 – 11/26/2011

Little I knew that morning
That God would call your name.
Our family chain is broken and
Nothing seems the same.
It broke my heart to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of me went with you
The day God called you home.
We love you and miss your smiling face,

Wife Shirley and Family


In loving memory
Phillip Glen Combs
6/15/1954 – 11/23/2009

So many memories that will always live in our hearts

All your family & friends
especially your sons
P.J. and Travis