Mary M. Alexander
In loving memory, Mary M. Alexander, 75, passed away April 8, 2018. Born in Houghton Lake, Mich. Resided in Riverview, Fla. She is survived by her three children, Harlan, Felecia and Eric. Her sister Nancy and Linda (sil) and three brothers, Gus, Jack, and Art. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.
Phillip Addison Crawford
Phillip Addison Crawford, passed away on April 10, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Phil was born on April 2, 1963 in Orlando, Fla. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and brother. He is survived by his beloved wife Cheryl (nee Songer) and their son Tristan of Brandon, Fla. He is also survived by his eldest son Cody Crawford of Tampa, Fla.
Phillip was preceded in death by his mother Leslie D. Caldwell. He is survived by his sisters, Jennie Nelson of Naples, Fla. and Kelly Litell of Clearwater, Fla; his maternal Aunt Donna (Bobby) Priddy of Orlando, Fla.; and many cousins.
Other survivors include his best friend, Alan and his wife Renee Tichy of Ruskin, Fla., special friends Alice and John Gallagher of St. Pete, Fla. Father and mother-in-law Lanny and Gale Songer of Brandon, Fla. and brother and sister-in-law, Sean and Helen Songer of Seffner, Fla. Surviving nieces and nephews include Blaine, Bryan, Emily, Logan and Richey.
Upon graduating from East Bay High School, Phil proudly served in the U.S. Navy for three years. Phil then dedicated an impressive 32 years at Kings Point Community in Sun City Center, Fla. as their Maintenance Director. He loved to fish, and he was an avid golfer. He had a soft spot for all animals and generously cared for several rescued pets. He was especially fond of the family’s Mini Pin, Penny.
Phillip fought a courageous battle against cancer. He never complained and never asked “why me?” He was brave to the very end. He was a sweet man with an uncanny sense of humor.
It rained so hard the day you passed, the angels must have been crying.
Appreciation to Dr. Spain and Dr. Iacovella for their compassion and the wonderful ICU staff at Brandon Regional Hospital.
Serenity Meadows Funeral Home in Riverview, Fla. is handling the arrangements. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Marriott Hotel Waterside in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
He attended several elementary schools, some twice, because his parents’ loud fights caused them to move often. Don lost his mother when he was 9 years old. He graduated from John Hay Elementary School and Austin High School with a General Science Major and History minor, completing Jr. R.O.T.C. training. Major letters in Rifle Team and Concert Band. He was a member of the Illinois (Jr. Champions three consecutive years) Grenadiers Drum & Bugle Corps. National Champion Jr. Color Guard. He was a member of Austin Y, Methodist Church, Boy Builders, Jehovah’s Witnesses. His part-time jobs included the Saturday Evening Post, making bowling shoes, pinsetter and a paper route for three years.
He was married to Rita, and they had four children, Dona, Jeff, Donald Scott and Susan.
He attended part-time business classes at Wright Jr. and Loop Jr. colleges in addition to working full time jobs.
He became an apprentice printer, attended and graduated from union printers program at Washburn High School while working full time as an apprentice at Wall Street Journal and Drovers Journal. Two years into his apprentice program, he was displaced by veterans returning to guaranteed jobs. He worked full time in route sales as diaper man, then as a milkman for a total of five years until he was re-hired to finish his apprenticeship. He delivered pizzas part-time to augment apprentice pay. He graduated six-year union apprentice training as a journeyman printer in International Typographical Union.
Went to work for the Chicago Sun-Times. Temporarily loaned to the circulation department as Suburban District Manager. Graduated armed security guard school. Twenty some years later, graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy. He left the Sun Times to work full-time as licensed (in Chicago and Waukegan) massage therapist. He took and passed the pilot A.M.T.A. exam and a year later took the official exam and became a nationally certified massage therapist until retiring and moving to Florida.
Upon moving to Ruskin, he joined Moorings HOA and “learned” golf and bridge. He moved to Hawaiian Isles Mobile Home Park and was elected to the board of HOA, given care of free medical equipment. He was the President of the South Hillsborough Action Plan for Emergency (S.H.A.P.E.) under the umbrella of Hillsborough Emergency Managment and Tampa Red Cross. He was a member of the Seabugs, Ruskin Pepper Tree Patrol, Ruskin Civic Assn. and Ruskin Elks. He joined the Computer Club, Ballroom Dance and Square Dance, Line Dance and Dance Clubs in Ruskin.
Moving to Sun City Center, he married Suzanne, “my favorite wife.” He joined the Computer Club, Ballroom Dance, Illinois Club, Irish Club and various other clubs. He was elected to the HOA board. He studied mediation. Worked three years on the SCC Emergency Squad and 10 years on the SCC Security Patrol. He graduated Sheriff’s Citizen Academy in 2009 and 2016. Fulfilled most of Bucket List. He found God’s will better to follow than Don’s.
William K. Markland
William K. Markland, 81, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away April 14, 2018. He retired after 31 years of service as an Administrative Officer with the Federal Government and after 20 years of service as a Property Manager with Carydale Enterprises, Inc. He enjoyed dancing and was a country western dance instructor in the Kings Point Community for 12 years.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Leonard and Larry Markland and by his three sisters, Charlotte Krucz, Mary Lou Markland and Ruby Markland. Survivors include his wife Donna Lee Nash; two daughters, Judy Crowley and Jan (Jerry) Hoffman; a stepdaughter Dawn (Daniel) Vaccaro; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Blaine (Mavis) Markland and Jerry (Phyllis) Markland and three sisters, June Wolf, Betty (Jerry) Sams and Patricia Lynch.
Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Sun City Christian Center, 17566 U.S. 301 S., Wimauma, Fla. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home. 813-634-9900.
Joel (Bucky) Wilson Parrish
Joel is survived by his mother Priscilla (Tom) Lehman; father Gary (Betty Hatfield) Parrish; brother Gary Michael Parrish; daughter Haylee (Parrish) Giddens; son Ashton Laine Parrish; soul mate Stephanie Giddens; many uncles, aunts and cousins from Florida and Michigan along with numerous friends. He was preceded by his grandparents Wilson and Ruth Parrish and Robert and Bonnie Baldwin.
Joel’s joy in life was his children and spending time fishing on the river. He was a compassionate and loving son and father. Joel will remain forever in our hearts as we cherish the memories of Joel’s joy and caring spirit. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of this young life, but find comfort in knowing Bucky is at peace and resting in the arms of our loving merciful God.
The family will have a private and intimate ceremony. Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, Fla. 321-724-2222. Condolences at www.afcfcare.com.