Obituaries: January 8, 2015

Published on: January 7, 2015

William H. Barton

William H. Barton, 84, of Sun City Center, Fla., died December 22, 2014. Bill was born in 1930 in Bainbridge, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1952. That same year he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1952 to 1956.

Bill met Carol in Denver, Colo., and they were married in 1955. They began their married life at Laughlin AFB in El Rio, Texas, where he completed his Air Force service. Hired by the Chillicothe, Ohio, Board of Education in 1956, the young couple moved there as Bill began his teaching career at Chillicothe High School.

In 1968, Bill earned his master’s in education from Xavier University, and joined the Chillicothe High School Guidance Department. He served as a guidance counselor for 16 years, until his retirement in 1983. He enjoyed high school athletics and was the official football photographer for many years. He also filmed other sporting events, and served as a judge at track and field events. The couple retired in 1989 and moved to Florida.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and daughter Nancy (Barton) Long. He is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 59 years; children Virginia (Jeff) Meyer, William (Roswitha) Barton, Joseph (Michele) Barton and son-in-law Kenneth Long; grandchildren Jennifer Pollard, Kelli Baker, Brent Barton, Lily Meyer, Leslie and Matt Long, and Rachel Barton; and great-granddaughters Katherine Pollard and Amelia Baker.

Bill was a lifelong Methodist, member of the American Legion, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and Phi Beta Kappa.

Cremation was provided by Affinity Direct Cremation Service. Burial service will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Green Summit Cemetery, Aldelphi, Ohio.


Rosa-JacobsRosa Lee Jacobs Carswell

Rosa Carswell, 97, formerly of  Trilby, Fla., passed away December 2, 2014 in Sun City Center.

A Memorial Service was held Dec. 6, 2014, at the Center For Restoration in Ruskin.

Rosa was born  May 29, 1917, in Coleman, Fla. to Charlie Jacobs and Inez Williams.

She is survived by her children:  Berthania I. Carswell of Los Angeles; Madeline J. Carswell Hughes of Sun City Center; Delaney M. Carswell Brown of New Port Richey;  and Fredrick C. Carswell of Trilby.  Her eldest son, Henry L. Williams, preceeded her in death.

She is also survived by grandchildren Trina T. Cohen Harris of Tampa, Tameca S. Bowens of Wesley Chapel,  Shaquitta L. Hughes Haynes of Orlando,  LaLuna S. Knight of Orlando, Roberta L. Knight of Tampa, and Rosa L. Pryor Appiah of New Port Richey; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and four of her 12 siblings:  Mettis Jacobs Sr. of Boston, Eddie L. Williams Jenkins of St. Petersburg, Annie L. Harrison of Wildwood, Fla., and Mary L. Baker of Melbourne, Fla.



Maria Hernandez

Hernandez,-Maria-001Maria Hernandez of Ruskin died Thursday, January 1, 2015. Maria was born in La Paloma, Texas.

The wife of Juan Hernandez Sr., she was the mother of 10 children: Martha, Javier, Maria Elena, Graciela, Cruz, Aurora, Estella, Pablo, Elva and the late Juan Jr.; sister of Isreal Echartea in Texas. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at National Cremation & Burial Society, 308 E. College Ave. in Ruskin.



Muriel C. Stevenson

Muriel StevensonMuriel C. Stevenson of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Nov. 23, 2014.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., on Oct. 24, 1929, she graduated from Pawtucket East High School in 1946. During those years she played basketball, softball and volleyball; was a cheerleader and member of the Leaders’ Club; a straight-A student; and worked as a cashier at a downtown theater.

After high school, Muriel graduated from Bryant College Secretarial School with high honors.

In 1948, while working as an executive secretary at Draper Corp. in Pawtucket, Muriel met her future husband, Clifford. She married Clifford in 1950 and became the private secretary for the Registrar at Springfield (Mass.) College.

In 1952, Muriel and Clifford moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where he started a job at Oberlin College. Their first child, David, was born in July 1952. Karen was born in September 1953, and Paul in March 1955.

In 1960, the family moved back to Rhode Island when Cliff became soccer and lacrosse coach at Brown University.

During the 30 years they spent at Brown, Muriel helped establish the R.I. Junior Soccer League and helped develop C.S. Sports Inc. As secretary and vice president of C.S. Sports, she helped start the first overnight soccer school in the U.S. and the first overnight soccer school for girls age 8 to 16. She handled all registrations and helped run these schools. She also was involved with the U.S. Lacrosse School in the same capacity.

During those 30 years, Muriel also was the recorder for the New England Collegiate Soccer and Lacrosse Rating Boards. She took calls coming in from 10 college coaches every Saturday and Sunday in the fall and spring.

Daughter Donna was born Aug. 14, 1966.

After Cliff’s retirement in 1991, they traveled the U.S. in a motor home and, in 1999, bought a condo in Kings Point. Muriel helped out by organizing and typing the Radison II roster each year. She was an avid golfer and an expert at sudoku and crossword puzzles.

With a smile and a laugh all the time, she never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was an angel.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at Serenity Meadows, 6019 Providence Road in Riverview.



flag-in-colorRobert Terry “Pat” Patterson

Robert Terry “Pat” Patterson of Sun City Center entered his eternal home on December 29, 2014. Son of the late Ira Claude and Lillian Price Patterson; beloved husband of Michele Costin Patterson; loving father of Robert Patterson, Tim Patterson and Shanna Patterson Keeler; brother of James Patterson, Sam Patterson, Billy Patterson, Linda Patterson Hurley and the late Ira Claude Patterson; also survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and -nephews.

Pat served 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he was a satellite systems specialist. He relocated to Florida after retiring from government work in 2000.  He volunteered with the Sun City Center Emergency Squad and was a member of Moose Lodge #3813, Elks #2515 and VFW Post 6257.  Pat was most at home in the outdoors, where he was an avid hunter and fisherman, as evidenced by his employment at Little Harbor Marina.

Per Pat’s request, services and interment are private. Arrangements entrusted to National Cremation & Burial Society, Ruskin, Fla.