Obituaries: January 21, 2016

Published on: January 20, 2016

Denson-PhotoSebrone Denson

Sebrone Denson, age 84, of the Berlin community of Marshall Co., Tenn., died Sunday, flag-in-colorJan. 10, 2016. Born in Sun City, Fla., Sebrone was a son of the late Malachi Gibson Denson and Inez Avie White Denson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Frances Higgins; grandson Jeff Mitchell; and nephew Malachi Higgins.

Sebrone retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. Following his Air Force career, he went on to become a high school educator and principal, a music pastor and then Senior pastor. “As we know, pastors never retire they just change ministries.” He served as a chaplain in jails in Nevada and Marshall Co. He had a profound love of music that he shared with his family, and it was surpassed only by his love of God, which he also shared with his family.

Sebrone is survived by wife Yuda Jean Denson of the Berlin community; daughters Elise (Archie Dwane) Denson Mathews and Sabrina Blaskey of Odessa, Texas; son Sebrone “Sebie” (Tracy) Denson II; sisters, Lucille Williams of Gibsonton, Fla.; Annette Carpenter of Sun City Center; and Gerri Denson, Darlene Ragan and Linda Kay Denson, all of McClenney, Fla.; brother Johnnie Denson of Lakeland, Fla.; grandchildren Donny Mitchell, Dwane Mathews, Stephanie Goins and Sebrone “Denny” Denson III; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at the Frank Ownby Cemetery in the Berlin community with Rev. Jerry Yerkes officiating. Following the graveside service, there was a potluck dinner at Bethlehem Baptist Church, followed by a musical jam session and celebration of Mr. Denson’s life.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapel Hill, Tenn., was in charge of  arrangements.


Jane-Herring0001Jane Wallis Herring

Jane Wallis Herring, 91, quietly passed away in her sleep in Sun City Center, Fla., on January 9, 2016.

Born August 27, 1924, in Atlantic City, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Katherine Wallis. Jane was an ephemeral spirit who lived life to the fullest. In 1945 she married the love of her life, Les Herring. They traveled the world together, raising their family in Japan, the Philippines and the good ole USA until his passing in 1992. Jane enjoyed golfing, traveling, dancing and a good party.

Jane is survived by her children and their families: Ted Herring (Bobbie) of Leonardtown, Md., and Chris Herring (Laurie) of Riverview, Fla.; grandchildren Chip Herring (Jennifer) of Parkton, Md., and Kelee Renzi (Brian) of Sandwich, Mass.;  stepgrandchildren Kristie McCalla (Ray) of Lexington Park, Md., Breann Brown (David) of Hollywood, Md., Eric James (Natasha) of Polk County, Fla., and Ashely Mattson of Ruskin, Fla.; great-grandchildren Ella, Madeline and Delilah Herring, and Chase and Jackson Renzi; step-great-grandchildren McKenzie and Elizabeth Brown, Jesse, Eric and Johnny James, and Noah Mattson.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Groover Funeral Home in Ellenton, Fla.


mckennaDaniel McKenna

Daniel McKenna, age 83, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, flag-in-colorJanuary 12, 2016.

He was a beloved companion of Marie Burt; cherished father of Kathleen (Richard) Wolinski; loving grandfather of Jake and Zach; and brother of Evelyn Patricia Smith and the late Laurence McKenna.

Dan was a toolmaker by profession, an avid cyclist, musician, and enjoyed hiking.  Before moving to Florida, he was a member of the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, where he met Marie, and was a ride leader for many years. He and Marie toured the United States together and biked and hiked on trails in most of the National Parks.

Dan served his country in the U.S. Navy and was laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to National Cremation & Burial Society, Ruskin.


Dorothy-MunzDorothy Mae Bennett Munz

Dorothy Mae Bennett Munz, 96, formerly of Baldwin Boro, Pa., passed away January 8, 2016, in Sun City Center, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Orie and Inez Bennett. She was also preceased by husband Charles W. Munz Jr., to whom she was married for 56 years, and by brother William H. Bennett, who was 95.

Dorothy is survived by children William R., Donna J. (Gary), and Kenneth G. (Debra); grandchildren Charles IV, William Jr., Lorraine and Jessica; and five great-grandchildren.

Dorothy enjoyed her 22 years in Florida, playing volleyball into her late 70s. Her greatest love was playing pinochle. Her family will be forever grateful to her neighbors, Maurice and Mary, and to her caregiver, Vicky.

There will be a Memorial service later this year in Pittsburgh.


Prieur-001Richard Prieur

Richard Prieur, born August 28,1922, to George and Matilda (Betz) Prieur in La Crosse, Wis., went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Beloved husband of 68 years to  Mary Elizabeth Cook.

Richard was preceded in death by son Daryl Eugene Prieur, his parents, four brothers and five sisters.

He is survived by his wife Mary Prieur (Cook) of Sun City Center; sisters-in-law Marjorie Prieur and Rhea Prieur; nieces Emily Prieur (Jim) Lahti, and Sue Prieur Hewitt; and many additional nieces and nephews.

Richard taught history, geography, civics and was the cross country and track coach in the same school in flag-in-colorSouthern California for 28 years. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor where his battleship, the USS Maryland, was moored next to the USS Oklahoma. He was on the ship for four years, transporting soldiers from island to island, including the battle of Guadalcanal.

A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at Sun Towers Assisted Living. Military burial honors will be conducted at Richard’s place of rest in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, on January 29, at 1:30 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to National Cremation & Burial Society, Ruskin.


Jason Michael Allen
1/14/1979 — 1/20/2014

I feel a warmth aound me like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize your face when you were here.
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories, we will never be apart.
Even though we cannot speak anymore, my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep, I have you in my prayer.
We love you so much, son.
Peggy, John, Gary, Elaine and Phillip