Patricia C. Austin
Patricia C. Austin, age 81, of Sun City Center (formerly Tampa) passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. She was born in Alamance County, NC, on September 4, 1938, to the late Max Elwyn Clarke and Bronnie Lee Harward Clarke. Pat attended schools in Greensboro, N.C., and Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. She retired as a business owner from the wholesale distribution/manufactures rep business in the early 2000s and relocated with Jerry L. Austin, her husband of 55 years, to Sun City Center, FL.
Pat enjoyed a life filled with world-wide travel and hobbies, including gardening, reading and stained glass art activities. She shared many pieces of her beautiful glass art with friends all over the country.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Jerry. Pat is survived by her brother, David W. Clarke.
Pat was fortunate to have lifelong friends from Florida to the Carolinas and beyond. All who knew her will miss her Southern grace and the very often used “Thank You” expression, spoken in the true dialect of her birthplace.
Her final resting place will be with her husband in Greensboro, NC. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.
James P. Harmon
James Patrick Harmon(JP), 85, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, joining his loving wife of 63 years Patricia in eternal peace. Born October 23, 1933, to Wilber and Elizabeth Harmon in Hapeville, GA. They were pre-deceased by their daughter Sharon.
JP is survived by his devoted and loving grandsons, Zachary and James Dewberry. He will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date.
William Thomas Parker
William Thomas Parker, 82, of Apollo Beach, FL, was called home to the Lord on the morning of October 13, 2019, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Paris, TN, and made Florida his home in the 60’s, where he went to work for Kennedy Space Center. He joined GTE Communications in 1970, which merged with Verizon, where he later retired. Tom loved his family, friends, fishing and planes, but most of all our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann; four sons: Tommy (Donna), Todd (Melissa), Kelly, and Mike (Jan); and a daughter, Missy. He was Pawpaw to seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, the ninth due in January. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9 at South Beach of Little Harbor with a reception following at noon at Riverbreeze Estate Park, 1710 7th St. S.W., Ruskin. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.
Helen Powell, 81, of Wimauma, FL died Oct. 18, 2019. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 24 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, and the Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25, at Our Lady of Guadalupe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sun City Center Hospice House.
Rosemary I. Price
Rosemary Irene (Faulkner) Price passed away peacefully at her home from cancer on Oct. 20, 2019, one day following her 93rd birthday.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter Carol Hellmann; son H. Wayne Price Jr. and his wife Pam; grandchildren Kerry Brandt and husband Chris, Jennifer Fick and husband Matt and Jake Price; great-granddaughters Kendall and Kamryn Brandt. She is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Harold W. Price.
A devoted wife and mother, Rosemary was dedicated to her family and friends. Following her husband’s retirement, she had resided in Kings Point, Sun City Center for 31 years. She was deeply involved in her family’s life, providing a loving home for her husband and children. She always participated in community activities, her church and had a wide circle of friends while enjoying golf, travel, reading and bridge. She was a warm, strong and vibrant lady who reveled in being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. A reception follows. Donations can be sent to LifePath Hospice, 12470 Telecom Dr., Suite 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 or United Methodist Church of Sun City Center building fund, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Sun City Center, FL 33573.
Martha Lowrey Simmons of Wimauma passed away Oct. 18, 2019, at the age of 83, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family and pastor as she entered heaven.
She was born in Moore Haven, FL, a true Florida cracker and the epitome of southern hospitality. Strangers were always welcomed and well-fed. She was well-known for her cooking skills and ability to feed a crowd without any advance notice. She was also known for her amazing smile and laugh that could cheer up anyone on their gloomiest day.
She was a longtime member of Simmons Loop Baptist Church in Riverview.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Gerald Simmons. Together they built a successful business raising tropical fish in Ruskin, which they operated until retirement.
Martha is survived by a daughter, Linda Simmons; two sons, Steve (Chere) Simmons and Rickie (Yvonne) Simmons; six grandchildren, Chrissy (Dan) Hartzog; Rickie Simmons Jr.; Ty (Jennifer) Simmons; Jared Hodge; Timmy (Kim) Simmons; and Marcus Wilson; seven great-grandchildren, Carlie Simmons, Hannah Simmons, Asher Simmons, Emma Hartzog, Eli Simmons, Andrew Simmons and Nora Hartzog. She is also survived by one sister, Vonda (Harry III) Cunningham; cousin June Sumner; and many more cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were held Oct. 23 in Riverview and interment was at Fellowship Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Wimauma.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Martha’s name to Simmons Loop Baptist Church.
Ann Sweeney, 94, resident of South Hillsborough County for many years, passed away Oct. 10, 2019. Preceded in death by her husband Anthony Sweeney and daughter Diann. She is survived by son Danny (Shirley), daughters, Sharon (Terry), and Donna (Bill); seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Family services were held at Palmetto Cemetery.