A Celebration of Life service for Zachary Douglas McCarthy has been set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Bells Shoals Baptist in Brandon. The 16-year-old Bloomingdale High student died Jan. 2 after losing control of his car on Natures Way.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Zachary McCarthy, a student at Bloomingdale High, who studied voice at Music Showcase in Brandon, died Jan. 2 after an accident at Natures Way and Golf Meadow Boulevard in Valrico. He is being remembered by a broad section of the community.
A Celebration of Life Service has been scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 6, for 16-year-old Zachary Douglas McCarthy, who died Jan. 2 after losing control of his car near the intersection of Natures Way and Golf Meadow Boulevard. The 6 p.m. service is set for the chapel at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, at 2101 Bell Shoals Road. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Bloomingdale High School Music Department, according to McCarthy's online obituary at Southern Funeral Care. McCarthy, who lived in the Bloomingdale area of Valrico, was a student at Bloomingdale High, where he was active in the band, chorus and Ambassadors show choir, and a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Riverview. He is surived …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf had retired to Tampa, Fla., after a final military assignment leading U.S. Central Command.
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, passed away today in Tampa, according to media reports. Schwarzkopf was best known to the American people for his leadership in removing Saddam Hussein and his forces from Kuwait in 1991. Schwarzkopf had successfully led an international coalition of U.S. allies to drive out Iraqi troops. "Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation," former President George H.W. Bush said in a written statement, according to ABC News. Schwarzkopf led what came to be known as Operation Desert Storm under President Bush. Most recently, Schwarzkopf had served as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Environmental and political activist Joyce "Joy" Arleen Newman of Brandon, a member of the East Hillsborough County Democratic Club, who helped keep Cone Ranch public, died Dec. 1 at the age of 57.
The community will pay tribute to a longtime Brandon environmental and political activist during a celebration of life service Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Eureka Springs Regional Park. Joyce "Joy" Arleen Newman of Brandon died Saturday, Dec. 1 at the age of 57. Newman, known for her sparkling personality and ever-present smile, was passionate about protecting Florida's precious resources. While serving on the executive committee of the Sierra Club, she was instrumental in saving Cone Ranch public land from development in northern Hillsborough County. She also was a member of the East Hillsborough County Democratic Club and was the Florida media liaison in the 2008 Dennis Kucinich presidential campaign. Her dream was to create a …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A memorial service for Andrea Bower was scheduled to take place 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Serenity Meadows Funeral Home in Riverview. The Giunta Middle School student died after a pedestrian traffic crash Nov. 16.
A celebration of Andrea Bower's life was scheduled to take place 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home in the Greater Brandon area of Riverview, at 6919 Providence Road. Bower, 13, a student at Guinta Middle School in Riverview, was killed Nov. 16 while attempting to cross Bloomingdale Avenue to board the school bus at Las Brisas Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Family members describe Bower, nicknamed "Peachie," as a kind, compassionate, free-spirited youngster who wanted to someday travel the world, working for charities and exploring new cultures. Memorial attendees were asked to wear her favorite color, purple. And, in lieu of flowers, the family asked memorial donations be made in her honor to a local animal shelter or wildlife …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Heather Bates Hall, a mathematics teacher and cheerleading coach at Brandon High School, lost her battle against cancer. Her visitation, memorial and funeral is set for this weekend.
The mood was somber at Brandon High School on Nov. 14, as a school community learned of the death of mathematics teacher and cheerleading coach Heather Bates Hall, 28, who lost her years-long battle with cancer the night before. But it's with a "joyous" and remembering heart that Hall's husband, Jarrett, a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, hopes students, teachers, family, friends and neighbors will pay tribute to his young wife, who died from cancer Nov. 13 at age 28. In a Facebook post about Hall's visitation and worship service at Plant City's First Baptist Church this weekend, Jarrett Hall wrote on Nov. 14: Well folks, today is a day to rejoice. Heather Hall was met by a heavenly host and is experiencing something…
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Greater Brandon community will come together to mourn and remember Fred Boehmer, a longtime pastor at the First Baptist Church of Brandon. He died this month in Virginia.
Community members will say goodbye to longtime First Baptist Church of Brandon pastor Fred Boehmer at a memorial service Nov. 11 at the church in Brandon. The service, at 216 North Parsons Ave., is set to begin at 1 p.m. The longtime Brandon resident died last week in Virginia following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He and his wife, Vida, had moved to Virginia to be closer to their children. Originally from Canada, Boehmer served as a pastor at a number of churches during his 40-year career. His last post was at First Baptist Church of Brandon where he took over as pastor in 1976 and retired 19 years later. He also served at churches in Tennessee, Texas and Connecticut where he baptized radio talk show host Don Imus. He held …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Oct. 20 memorial for Sam M. Gibbons is open to the public and scheduled to begin 11 a.m. at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa. Meanwhile, politicians and newspapers remember the 17-term Democratic congressman from Florida.
A memorial service for former congressman Sam Melville Gibbons will be held at Tampa's Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, where the former congressman was a longtime member. Open to the public, the service is scheduled to begin 11 a.m. on Oct. 20, according to a TBO.com report. Gibbons, a World War II veteran and iconic Bay Area figure and politician, was instrumental in the creation of the University of South Florida. He died this week at age 92. Gibbons, born Jan. 20, 1920, served in the Florida State House of Representatives, the Floride State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the namesake for the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa, at 801 North Florida Ave. Congressman Gus Bilirakis issued the following …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The body of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton will arrive at MacDill Air Force Base on Friday at 10:10 a.m. and travel to Hubbell Funeral Home in Belleair Bluffs.
Greater Brandon area residents are invited to pay tribute at the honor escort for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton. The fallen hero escort will leave MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa at around 10:50 a.m. today, Aug. 10. The motorcade will enter Pinellas County around 11:30 a.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Sitton's family welcomes and encourages people to come out along the route and show their support. Sitton, 26, died Aug. 2 in Afghanistan; it was the third deployment for the Indian Rocks Christian School graduate. Honor Escort Route: Related Coverage
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Glen Edward Cross, 72, died July 24 in a car crash in North Carolina. The well-known Tampa Bay developer was responsible for the Fish Hawk Trails and FishHawk Ranch in Lithia.
Glen Edward Cross, 72, died July 24 in a multiple-car wreck on Beech Mountain Parkway in North Carolina, in an accident that involved a truck towing two cars on a trailer, according to a report in the High Country Press in North Carolina. Cross, who lived in Fish Hawk Trails in Lithia, owned a summer residence in Banner Elk, N.C., with his wife, Sandy. Cross was the only fatality in the crash. Cross is responsible for the development of the Fish Hawk Trails community on Lithia-Pinecrest Road and helped launch the 1988 Development of Regional Impact that would become FishHawk Ranch. Cross was born in Indiana and moved to the area in the 1960s, working for Tampa developer Hinks Shimberg. In 1975 the two men formed the Tampa development …