Lulu Jean (Hacker) Back BACK, Lulu Jean (Hacker), of Zephyrhills, was peacefully called home to the Lord on Sept. 9, 2017, in Tampa, with family by her side. After moving to just inside Hillsborough County from Ohio in 1958, she and her young family settled in Zephyrhills in 1960, where she resided for more than 57 years. She was a tireless and giving mother who devotedly worked with her husband, Emanuel Burton Back, as business manager and bookkeeper for Back Construction, as well as in their apartment business later in life. He preceded her in death in 2011. Her six children, Alice (Randy) Batenhorst of Raleigh, N.C., Richard (Charlotte) Back of Dade City, Betty Jean (Barry) Bahr of Palm Harbor, Charles Back of Lutz, Barbara (Jack) Schwey of Zephyrhills and William “Bill” Back of Zephyrhills survive along with 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two grand dogs. Private services were held at Chapel Hill Gardens in Dade City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Moffit Cancer Center Foundation. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Betty Lou Honeyman Blessing BLESSING, Betty Lou Honeyman 91, passed away Sept. 13, 2017, at Heartland of Zephyrhills. She was a long-time resident of Dade City and spent many years in Key West before returning to this area to be near her children. Betty was born in Miami County, Ohio, on May 4, 1926, to Robert and Dorothy Honeyman and she grew up on a dairy farm. While living there, she met her husband, Robert (Bob) Blessing, in high school. They were married after he returned from the New Hebrides Islands where he had been stationed while serving in the Navy during World War II. After 54 years together, Bob preceded her in death in 2000. She was also predeceased by her brothers Ned, Bobby and Ben Honeyman. Her sister, Karen (Chris) VanSchaik, survives along with four children, Brant (Beth) Blessing of Dade City, Charlotte (Les) Krapf of Kissimmee, Danny (Marjean) Blessing of Opelika, Ala. and Chuck (Ginger Potwin) Blessing of Dade City; 14 grandchildren, Bart Blessing, Benjie Blessing, Shelly Hearn, Lindy Story, Bradley Blessing, Jeremy Blessing, Beau Blessing, Ruth Blessing, Sarah Rudolph, Amelia Blessing, Emily Tyson Blessing, Margaret Blessing, Elizabeth Blessing and Daniel Blessing; and 18 great-grandchildren. After a dozen years of farming and four children, she followed Bob’s dream of moving to Florida! They bought the Gray Moss Inn in Dade City in 1959. During those years Betty was very busy with running the Inn and raising her family. She could always be seen at her children’s many athletic events, cheering and smiling! She also built circuit boards when she worked at Honeywell in Tampa. After retirement, she and Bob moved full time into the Key West home they had been building in stages over several years. Friends and family came to visit often and Betty introduced them all to the beauty and wonders of God’s creations in the waters of the Keys. In the years following Bob’s passing Betty divided her time between tending her palms and mangroves in the Keys, treasure hunting at yard sales with her daughters and granddaughters in Kissimmee and traveling to far-away places. She enjoyed attending family events all over Florida and bird watching from her porch on Lakeside Drive in Zephyrhills. She was always busy and on the go. Betty loved God, her family and life! We loved Betty and will miss her greatly! Memorial services will be held Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City.
Julie Ann (Thomas) Brannon BRANNON, Julie Ann (Thomas), 63, of Crystal Springs, passed away Sept. 1, 2017 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Her parents; and her son, Samuel Patrick, preceded her in death. Her sister, Sharon Sweeting of Tampa; her daughter, Sarah Ann of Crystal Springs, and fur baby, Savannah, all survive. Julie was a talented baker who enjoyed gardening and raising orchids. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services were held Sept. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dade City. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Evelyn V. Chambers CHAMBERS, Evelyn V., 87, of Zephyrhills, passed away Sept. 11, 2017. She was born on Dec. 20, 1929. She is survived by her loving family and friends. Services will be held later. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Corine Vivian (Swartzlander) Fallin FALLIN, Corine Vivian (Swartzlander), 83, of Ridge Manor, passed away Sept. 10, 2017, at her home. She was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Ira and Vera Shockley Swartzlander and was a longtime area resident. She retired from Multi-Line Can Company and attended the First Baptist Church of Lacoochee. Her children, Deborah (Darrell) Fitts, Johnny Fallin Jr. and Kay Nessler survive along with one brother: JD (Annette) Swartzlander; three sisters, Anne (David) Spivey, Maxine (Tommy) Breeden and Rita (Bo) Fowler; three grandsons, Brady (Samantha) Nessler, Derek Fitts and Paul Gene (Jodie) Nessler; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, family request donations in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Lacoochee, P.O. Box 517, Lacoochee, FL 33537.
Earl D. Handley HANDLEY, Earl D., 90, of Zephyrhills, passed away Sept. 16, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Culloden, W.Va., to Earl and Grace Louise White Handley. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Local Union #123 United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters. His wife, Doris Ann Handley, survives along with two children, Kathy McLeod and Susan (Albert) Maginness; two sisters, Francis Adams and Barbara Chaney; one brother, Carl Handley; one sister-in-law, Mary Jane Handley; five grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. His first wife, Betty Lou Handley, preceded him in death along with one granddaughter, Christina Nicholas; and two brothers, Jack Handley and Clyde Handley. Services will be held Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Floral Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Eddie ‘Bill’ Harrelson HARRELSON, Eddie “Bill”, 82, of Dade City, passed away Sept. 10, 2017. He was born Aug. 26, 1935, in McKenzie, Ala., to Eddie and Gracie Lue Harrelson. His four children, Tommy Harrelson, Judy Christian, Tammy Thomas and Michael Harrelson, survive along with 21 grandchildren; many great- grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. One son, Eddie. Preceded him in death. Services were held Sept. 19 at the Fifth Street Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home and burial followed at Dade City Cemetery.
Preston Paris PARIS, Preston, 61, of Zephyrhills, passed away Sept. 6, 2017. He was born June 22, 1956, in Greer, S.C., to Perry Paris and Nellie Norris and grew up in the Greenville area. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a manager with Pizza Hut. Preston is survived by his fiancé, Ashley Boyette; six children, Jessica Paris, Melissa Tucker, Preston Paris Jr, Lindsay Paris-Madrid, Damien Paris and Dustin Paris; one brother, Wayne Paris; and numerous grandchildren. Services were held Sept. 15 at the Fifth Street Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Burial followed in Dade City Cemetery.
Kevin Joseph Petters PETTERS, Kevin Joseph, 40, of Dade City, passed away on Sept. 4, 2017, in Texas. He was born Aug. 17, 1977, in Dade City to Christopher and Sharon Petters and was a lifelong area resident. His wife, Angel Anderton Petters, survives along with six children, Ben and Deidra Randall, Kevin Petters II, Christopher Petters, Daven Petters, Elizabeth Petters and Wyatt Petters; four step-children, Melody Johnson, Kaylin Anderton, Landon Counts and Rileigh Caselnova; one granddaughter, Sophia Randall; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The family received on Sept. 16 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Flowers will be gratefully accepted or those that wish may make donations in Kevin’s name to an educational fund for the children.
Donald Wynn WYNN, Donald, 60, of Ridge Manor, died Sept. 13, 2017, at his residence. Don was born in Jacksonville on Nov. 15, 1956, to Dale and Ruth (Johns) Wynn. He was a resident of the central Florida area for most of his life, having lived in Wesley Chapel prior to moving to Ridge Manor 10 years ago. Donald worked in the commercial construction industry for many years, enjoyed spending time fishing with his grandchildren, boating and four-wheeling. His wife of 40 years, Patricia, survives along with children, Tania (Chris) Hensley of Wesley Chapel, Crystal (Troy) Wynn, Dawn Wynn and Nicholas Wynn, all of Sumter County; and a step-daughter, Melissa. Other survivors include five sisters, two brothers and eight grandchildren, Kyle, Heather, Ethan, Nate, Violet, Kaydance, Austin, Mason and Josh. A celebration of Don’s life will take place on Sept. 30 from 3-6 p.m. at the Dade City VFW Major Francis E. Dade Post #4283, 12735 VFW Road, Dade City. You are invited to please stay at the canteen for drinks and dancing. Hodges Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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