Obituaries: April 2, 2015

Published on: March 31, 2015

Grace Parr Brant

Grace-Brant-3Grace Parr Brant, 85, passed away at her home in Sun City Center on Friday, March 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born September 29, 1929, in Damascus, Ga., she lived in Byron, Ga. for 40 years before relocating to SCC in 2006.  Grace balanced her role as homemaker and mother for her family with her occupation in software quality control at Robins AFB until retirement.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Tony Moore; children Belinda (John) Turner of Germantown, Md.; Regina (Steve) Stallings of Valrico, Fla.; and Bert Brant of Atlantic City Beach, N.C.; grandchildren Ashley Metz, Cody Brant, Andy Turner, Jeffrey Turner and April Cuda); great-grandchildren Aiden Stallings and Addison Grace Metz; and sisters Florence McAllister and Malda Wilson.  She was married for 38 years to the late William Brant of Byron.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Zipperer’s Funeral Home in Ruskin, Fla., with Pastor Julian Graham officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Macon, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Lifepath Hospice ( or the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573.


William Robert Caulfield

CaulfieldWilliam Robert Caulfield, 90, passed away on March 26, 2015, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He was born in Newburgh, N.Y., on July 3, 1924, the son of William John and Edna Caulfield.

William was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and was married to Jeanne Marie Messing of Newburgh, N.Y., his high-school sweetheart for more than 67 years. Jeanne passed away on October 18, 2011.

During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on a destroyer escort, and was recalled to serve again in the Korean War.

Upon returning from service, he worked until retirement for New York Telephone Company and then Verizon, working in the mid-Hudson New York area and transferring to the Capital District area of northern New York state.

William enjoyed his home and friends in Clifton Park, N.Y., and Sun City Center, Fla. He volunteered his service for years to Schenendehowa Methodist Church and the Captain’s Program for Children in Clifton Park, N.Y.

He enjoyed telling his life stories of his joy of sailing on the Hudson River, Lake Champlain and Long Island Sound. He was a member of Mayfield Yacht Club and Poughkeepsie Yacht Club in New York state.

He is survived by daughters Tamara Caulfield of Schenectady, N.Y., and Billie Dawn Sarber of Oakdale, Conn.; son-in-law Harry Sarber; grandchildren Stacey Sarber of Arlington, Mass., and Rachel Sarber of Phoenix, Ariz.;  and companion Betty Corzine of Sun City Center.

Betty Corzine and the Caulfield family invites you to celebrate a life well lived. A prayer service will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, on a date to be announced.


Mary Ericson

Mary was born in New York on November 22, 1925, the second of four children of Mary and Maurice Nolan. She graduated from high school in New York.

In 1948, Mary married Robert Ericson. They had one son, Robert, in 1958. From 1963 to 1992, Mary and her family lived in Maryland, Washington state and Virginia.

In 1992, Mary and Bob retired to Sun City Center. Mary was active in the Culinary Angels at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and volunteered at South Bay Hospital.

Mary moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in 2012. Mary is survived by son Robert, his wife Donna-Marie, and grandchildren Emily and MaryJo. Mary is also survived by her sister, Rita Endres, of Sun City Center; Rita’s children Patricia Moore, Jo Ellen Schlossberg, Rita Torreggiani and Kathleen Privitera; and Bob’s nieces and nephew Karin Rentschler, Karel Van Dyke, Kristine Campisi and Kenneth Ericson.


Marion ‘Mickey’ Kitchen

Marion “Mickey” Kitchen, age 69, of Wimauma, passed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

She was preceded in death by husband David W. Kitchen. She is survived by one son, two daughters, one daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother and Cindy.

Mickey was a lifelong resident of Wimauma and co-founder of Terraqua Aquatics. A beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Arrangements entrusted to National Cremation & Burial Society.


Elnora-NewberryElnora Newberry

Elnora Newberry entered Heaven’s gate on March 26, 2015. She was born December 2, 1930, in Douglas, Ga., to Earnest and Rosie Lee Holman, the third of five children. The family moved to Ruskin, Fla., around 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother J.W. Holman and husband Henry Newberry.

Those left behind are son Bill Lott of Winter Haven, Fla.; brothers Willie T. Holman of Ruskin and Clarence Holman of Sun City Center; sister Francis Hale of Winter Haven; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was passionate about her family and very loved. She will be missed and thought about every day.  The Tampa Bay Rays lost a loyal fan.


Mary Nell Smith

Mary-SmithMary Nell Smith, 89, a lifelong resident of Wimauma, Fla., passed away March 23, 2015. She retired from General Telephone after more than 50 years of service.

Survivors include nephews Ned Smith and Jimmy (Brenda) Clark; nieces Diane (Wayne) Floyd, Sandra (Jim) Cobern, Carolyn Terns and Marilyn McMurry; and 14 grand-nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held March 26, at Sun City Center Funeral Home. Burial was at Fellowship Cemetery, Lithia, Fla.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.