Ralph A. King KING, Ralph A., 81, died at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills on Feb. 1, 2018, following an apparent heart attack. He was a gifted musician who could play the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and dobro and was also credited with having a good tenor voice. King was a former member of the Kentucky Gentlemen, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry show, and traveled most of his life playing bluegrass shows and on stage with many well-known artists. In his later years, King entertained at nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in Indiana and Florida. He was born on May 2, 1936, in Dabolt, Ky., to Elijah H. and Datha M. Baldwin King, who both preceded him in death. King retired from GTE after 21 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked at CRF Residential in Connersville, Ind., for 10 years. King loved jam sessions with his friends and loved serving and witnessing for the Lord. He also loved to go fishing, play golf, and spend time with his family. His wife of five years, Peggy Blunk Satterfield of Connersville, survives along with daughters, Rhonda (William) Moore and Karen Baney, both of Indiana and Kati McCreight of Ohio; one son, Michael King of Indiana; two step-daughters, Patty (Scott Stevens) and Bonnie (Jeff) Coleman, both of Indiana; three step-sons, Max (Traci Vecera) Coleman, Tim Coleman and Jon (Rosie Gay) Coleman, all of Indiana; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great grandchildren; four sisters, Alpha M. Parrett of Indiana and Ruth Parrett, Opal Boggs and Janice (J.R.) Shackleford, all of Kentucky; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and countless friends. His two dogs - Griffey and Ryan, will especially miss him. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, Luevirna Cain King. She went to Heaven on April 7, 2012. An infant sister, Mary King, and his son-in-law, Buddy J. Baney, Jr., also preceded him in death. Services were held Feb. 8 in Connersville, Ind., with burial following at the Village Creek Cemetery in Connersville. Urban Winkler Funeral Home of Connersville handled arrangements.
Shirley A. Besselieu BESSELIEU, Shirley A., 74, of Zephyrhills, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 10, 2018. Shirley was born on Aug. 13, 1943, in Tampa, to Wilton T. Vierday and Lillian M. (Shell) Vierday. She graduated from Chamberlin High School and was a lifetime resident of the Tampa Bay area. Shirley married the love of her life, William “Dev” Besselieu, on Dec. 8, 1990. Shirley was a caring, compassionate and loving wife and best friend. She loved to spend time with her husband, whether it be going on cruises or traveling and camping in their RV and doing family related activities, especially focused on the family children. She loved the children of our church family and as her health permitted, was active with VBS and daycare. She also loved spending time with her canine children, Minnie and Chloe, who embody many of her personal habits and traits. Shirley had many talents, including painting and interior design. She meticulously managed household finances and family birthdays, anniversaries and other like events never went unnoticed. Though she was talented, Shirley will be remembered most for her positive outlook and loving disposition. Although she suffered from many medical complications over the years, Shirley always remained generous and caring, never complaining despite adversity. She had a deep love for family, children, and the Lord. Each resident of Heaven has responsibility, and Shirley is most certainly helping care for God’s little children. Her husband is comforted during this difficult time by God’s grace and promise of their reunion, both bodily and in spirit. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her stepdaughter Kristi. Loving family who survive are her husband of 27 years, Dev; three siblings, Carol, Bud, and Bobby; one stepson, Bill Besselieu and daughter-in-law, Allison; three granddaughters, Alex, Maren and Brynn; one grandson, Benjamin; two nieces, Leanne and Christy; one nephew, Robby; two grandnieces, Analeis and Caris; four grandnephews, Jaden, Micah, Alex, and Jacob; God children Callie, Leanne, Lindsey and Robby; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives too numerous to list in Tampa.. A memorial service was held Feb. 17 at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Zephryhills. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the charity or religious organization of your choice.
Joseph W. Ellsmore ELLSMORE, Joseph W., 83, of Machias, Maine, passed away unexpectedly in Zephyrhills on Feb. 5, 2018, after cardiac surgery. He was born in Machias on Feb. 14, 1934, to Herbert and Beatrice Ellsmore. He lived and worked in Machias and in his retirement years he enjoyed spending the cold winter months in Zephyrhills. During his retirement, Joe enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was known as a man who could fix or build anything and often was found in his garage working. During his working years, he was employed by Whitney’s garage painting and repairing vehicles and later the Machias school system as a custodian and bus driver. His wife of 58 years, Marilyn Ellsmore, survives along with his three children, Alan (Tomi) Ellsmore, Debra Getchell and John Ellsmore; two brothers, Roger (Pam) Ellsmore and Donald Ellsmore; and a sister, Carolyn Dinsmore; five grandchildren, Garrett Getchell, Megan Ellsmore, Benjamin Getchell, Addison Ellsmore and Reese Ellsmore; and two great-grandchildren, Lainey Ellsmore and Brayden Ellsmore. His parents, his sister, Edith Farnsworth, a brother, Walter Ellsmore, and a grandchild Saige Ellsmore, preceded him in death. All who knew and loved him will sadly miss him. A memorial service will be held in Machias at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association in Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.
Emmett Riley Johnson JOHNSON, Emmett Riley, 21 months, passed away in the arms of his “Momma” on Jan. 29, 2018, at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Emmett was born on April 3, 2016, at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. Emmett’s visit here with us was very short. While he was here he touched the lives of many and was loved deeply by all family and friends. His parents, Kelly Williams of Zephyrhills and Michael Johnson of Leesburg, survive along with siblings Lane Young and Joshua Johnson; his uncle, Stephen Williams of Brooksville; and his grandparents. Emmett gave us a lifetime of love in just a short time. Services will be held Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. at Whitfield Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelly Williams, 3548 Castle Drive, Zephyrhills, FL 33540.
Shirley O. Lawson LAWSON, Shirley O., 86, passed away Feb. 7, 2018. She was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Rochester, N.Y., to William H. and Helen (Conklin) O’Grady. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and an active member of Zephyrhills First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed volunteering, reading to children at schools, scrapbooking, swimming and she loved her cats. Her two daughters, Sharon Maxwell of North Adams, Mass. And Eileen Lawson of Zephyrhills survive along with three sons, Kenneth (Linda) Lawson of Sierra Vista, Ariz., William Lawson of Rutland, Vt. and Craig (Cristen) Lawson of North Adams; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two Florida daughters, (nieces), Kathy Kessler and Debbie O’Grady. Her husband, Kenneth Lawson, and a daughter, Lisa Lawson, preceded her in death. Services were held Feb. 12 at the First United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Oakside Cemetery. Whitfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Claire M. Cunane CUNANE, Claire M., 85, passed away Feb. 4, 2018. Claire was born in Frackville, Pa., to J.H. Osborne and Florence Tierney-Osborne. She graduated from Shenandoah Catholic High School in 1950 and from Kutztown State Teachers College in 1954. She then studied abroad in France. Claire taught French and Science for more than 30 years at the Hong Kong International School and Raymond B. Stewart Middle School and retired from Zephyrhills High School in 1998. In her retirement years, she traveled abroad and enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Her sons, Bob Mahoney and Brian Mahoney; a granddaughter, Bridget, and great-grandchildren, Chiara, Anhulie and Brayden, survive Claire, who was a devout Catholic. Calling will be Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 14404 14th St., Dade City, with Mass following at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Dade City
John Hall HALL, John, 85, passed away on Feb. 9, 2018. He was born to Dan and Lillie Hall on Jan. 10, 1933, in Defuniak Springs. John was a school bus driver for Pasco County for 27 years. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John was pastor at Center Hill Baptist Church for 33 years. His son, John Hall Jr., preceded him in death. His loving wife of 61 years, Margaret, survives along with children, Mary, Willie, Marian, Johnny, Joe and Joel; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Viola; and many other relatives. A graveside service was held Feb. 16 at Floral Memory Gardens. Hodges Family Funeral Home, 11441 U.S. 301, handled arrangements.
Leona Mann Hall HALL, Leona Mann, 102, passed away on Feb. 17, 2018, in Zephyrhills. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dade City. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for more than 40 years. Her husband of 55 years, Marvin Hall Sr., preceded her in death. Two sons, Marvin (Allison) Hall Jr. and Charles (Wanda) Hall and one daughter, Mona Ducker, survive along with 12 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Feb. 20 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Burial followed at Floral Memory Gardens.
Melvin Arthur Molzon MOLZON, Melvin Arthur, 77, passed away at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care at 9:55 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2018. Melvin was born in Painesville, Ohio, in June 1940. Upon completing 10th grade at Chardon High School, he entered the printing industry, which he remained in for many years. He later moved to Zephyrhills, where he worked as a custodian for Zephyrhills High School before retirement. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a communications technician. Motorcycle riding was a life-long passion of his. One brother, Edward (Minta), survives along with one daughter, Donna Jean; and two grandsons, Collin and Jesse. Upon cremation, Melvin will be inurned at Chapel Hill Gardens with his parents, Albert and Vivian Molzon. There will be only a small private service for the inurnment. A special thanks to Judi, Joey, and all the others that provided medical assistance to Melvin over the years. Hodges Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gynith A. Scroggins Scroggins, Gynith A., 78, passed away Feb. 11, 2018, at the home of her granddaughter, Kristina Beebe, under the care of Gulfside Regional Hospice. She was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Fort Pierce, to Harry Horne and Bonnie Journigan Horne. She moved to Dade City 44 years ago from Fort Pierce. She retired from Lykes Pasco Packing Company and was an avid gardener. Six children, Alan Thomas, Farrell and Char Thomas, Jill Thomas, Wade and Cathy? Scroggins, Kim and Gene Stanek and Joel and Cheryl Scroggins, survive along with one sister, Sandy Horne; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband Robert Scroggins, and sons Ryan Thomas and Jimmy Scroggins, preceded her in death. A memorial service was held Feb. 16 at the Fifth Street Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to Gulfside Regional Hospice. The family would like to thank granddaughter, Kristina Beebe, for taking such good care of her in her final days.
Yvonne Vickers VICKERS, Yvonne, 80, of Dade City, passed away at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills on Feb. 8, 2018. Yvonne was born on July 17, 1937, in North East, Md., to Really Anderson and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Anderson. Yvonne spent many years working in the civil service industry. She was a truly wonderful person who devoted much of her time to the church choir. Her parents preceded her in death as well as her father-in-law, Abe Vickers, and her mother-in-law, Francis Vickers. Her loving husband, John N. Vickers, who she married on June 29, 1956, survives along with two sons, John W. Vickers of St. Petersburg and Edward G. (Pam) Vickers of Lima, Ohio; one sister, Anna Mae; one niece, Susan Sinclair; one nephew, Kenneth Main; four grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan, Michelle and Michael; and eight great-grandchildren, Abbi, Peyton, Ayden, Alex, Adam, Reagan, Zane and Vincent. She will be truly missed by many. A memorial service will be held Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dade City. A luncheon will follow the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church, or donations may be made in Yvonne’s memory to the National Autism Association. Hodges Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Charles ‘Kojak’ Hutto HUTTO, Charles “Kojak”, 44, passed away on Feb. 11, 2018. He was born on Oct. 8, 1973, in Brooksville. His parents, Agnes and Wayne Hutto, survive along with a sister, Loretta Cook; nephews, Clayton and Leland; a niece, Jessica; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services were held Feb. 14 at the U.S. 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Gardens.
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