Obituaries March 20, 2014

Published on: March 19, 2014

Lillie Hurley Houghtaling

Lillie Houghtaling

Lillie Hurley Houghtaling, 82, born in Ruskin, Fla., died March 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Julius E. (Dooley) Houghtaling, sister Eugenia Williams, brother James Hurley, and grandson Julius Myles Houghtaling. Lillie is survived by children Julius Robert Houghtaling (Debra), Sharon Plummer and David Michael (Mike) Houghtaling (Diane); brother Lewis Hurley (Jewel); nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Not only was Lillie a loving and supportive wife and mother, she was a co-founder and owner of Dooley Groves, a citrus business in Ruskin.  She enjoyed painting, needlework, flowers and music. The family celebrates with humble thoughts and prayers the life of a kind and thoughtful woman who was a loyal daughter, loving sister, faithful wife and respected mother. Lillie was a trusted friend, a woman of the land who was dedicated to her family. She had a great mind and rugged pioneer spirit that stirred true in every earthly challenge. “We celebrate Lillie’s very special place in God’s great Kingdom with love and light.”

The family will receive visitors at 10:30 a.m., and a memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, March 21, at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, located off Apollo Beach Boulevard at 6414 Golf and Sea Blvd., Apollo Beach, FL 33572. Interment at Ruskin Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, those choosing may make donations to a favorite charity, or to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.


Marilyn Kempke

Marilyn Kempke, 83, a resident of Sun City Center, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, after a long illness. She was born December 20, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from Central High School in Lima, Ohio, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and held several teaching positions in Ohio. She and her husband of 48 years, the late Harvey Kempke, moved to Sun City Center in 1987.

She and her late husband were active members of the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center and both were greatly loved and cherished by their friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, at Palms-Robarts Funeral & Memorial Park, 5200 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232.



Floy Louise Kimbrough

Floy Louise Kimbrough, 91, of Sun City Center passed away March 8, 2014. She is survived by daughter Toni (Bill) Armstrong of Apollo Beach; grandsons Christopher Armstrong of Atlanta, Ga., and Steven (Meghan) Armstrong of Apollo Beach; great-granddaughter Kaylin Armstrong; and Barnes, her cat. 

She was born in Hollywood, Ark., April 4, 1922. Her husband Donovan Kimbrough was a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. They traveled throughout the U.S., living at  various  Air Force bases before retiring to Bossier City, La., in 1969.  She was an avid golfer, even achieving a hole in one. She moved to Florida in 2007 to be near her family. 

Donations may be made  to LifePath Hospice of Sun City Center. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.


Alan E. Rich

Alan E. Rich, 87, passed away on March 14, 2014. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 61 years. He leaves behind brother Paul Rich, and two sisters, Gene Perry and Betty Craigie.

Alan grew up in South Newbury, N.H. He attended school at Plymouth State College, Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire. He was a teacher and coach in small schools throughout New Hampshire. He retired from the N.H. State Department Educational System.  He was an avid golfer and was the past president of the Sun City Center Men’s Golf Association. He was a committee member of the United States Golf Association.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church,  702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alan’s name to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


Margo Clark Warner

Margo Clark Warner

Margo Clark Warner, beloved wife of Jerry, mother of Nancy and Barbara, and stepsons Paul and Jeremy, daughter of Nancy and Don Clark, sister of Chris, George, Peter and Drew, passed away on the evening of March 14, 2014. Margo slipped away peacefully at LifePath Hospice House in Sun City Center, surrounded by loving family and friends. Her loyal and loving dog Drambuie visited and will miss her.

Margo is also survived by her loving grandchildren Nicholas, Michael, Callie, Brady, Sam and Chloe; many close cousins, nieces and nephews; and her beloved stepfather Gene Byrne. Her father, Don Charles Clark, preceded her in death.

An accomplished student from early in life, from high school where she graduated with honors and was in the honors society, and at university, where she was president of Freshman’s Honor Society at University of Wisconsin. A member of student government and of Chi Omega Sorority, she was always involved and engaged — never selfish, always thinking of others. Margo completed her degree in physical therapy, a goal she had very early in life. It was a decision that gave her countless opportunities to help others, as was her passion.

Margo traveled several different professional paths. After graduation, she worked for a large company providing clinical services for residents of nursing homes in Milwaukee, Wis.  Following this experience, she owned and operated a private clinic, again in Milwaukee. While married to Jerry, she also became the Manager of Therapy Services at All Saints Healthcare System in Racine. 

Margo and Jerry moved in 1999 to Florida, where Margo worked in home health, providing PT services to homebound elders. Due to the challenges of her illness, Margo retired in 2010. However, she remained active, counseling Medicare recipients about coverage decisions (SHINE), and providing meals for volunteers of Sun City Center Emergency Squad. 

Margo and Jerry were married for 27 wonderful loving years and led an active and energetic social life, including being a member of the Krewe of the South Shore Marauders. An invitation from the Warners meant that you would be served a meal meant for royalty. It was amazing to watch them in the kitchen — poetry in motion. Always more than enough wonderful food, good wine and, of course, lots of scotch — dancing, sailing, golfing, playing cards, partying with friends and acquaintances. Few people could keep up with her in her favorite card games. With family especially, playing cards was a special tradition, from the oldest members of our family to Margo’s grandchildren, everyone loved playing cards with Margo.  However, you never expected to win.

A celebration of her life will be held for friends and family on May 3rd, 2014, in Apollo Beach, and details will be sent.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Moffit Cancer Center, Melanoma Research, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612; or LifePath Hospice House 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.