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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Obituary

H. Prentice Browning

H. Prentice Browning, 93, of Tampa and formerly Anna Maria Island, has died.

Born in Montclair, N.J., Mr. Browning was a graduate of Amherst College. He was a banker. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He began his banking career at Continental Bank of Illinois in Chicago. He was vice president of the Worcester County Trust Co. in Worcester, Mass.; president of American Fletcher National Bank in Indianapolis; was involved in the merger with Fidelity Trust Company; chairman and chief executive officer of New York City's National Bank of North America; president and chief executive officer of Exchange Bank Corp. in Tampa; and started Palm State Bank in Palm Harbor, subsequently selling to Bank One.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. Memorial contributions may be made to Amherst College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst MA 01002-5000.

He is survived by wife Jane; daughters Penny Fortune of Indianapolis and Nancy Afield of Tampa; and two grandchildren.

Clare Edith Davis

Clare Edith Davis, 89, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 7.

Born in Springfield, Mass., Mrs. Davis was a Red Cross nurse in World War II. She met her future husband Robert, a U.S. naval officer, in Washington, D.C., and they married Sept. 8, 1943, in Ludlow, Mass. Clare and Robert were lifelong companions who moved to Florida in 1980 and lived in Holmes Beach from 1986 to 2002.

Memorial services were Feb. 8 at Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton. Memorial contributions may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

She is survived by her son Robert Kent and his wife Sophaphan Davis of Anna Maria; grandchildren Matthew Davis and Dina Delisle of New Jersey; and three great-grandchildren.

Beatrice A. Dover

Beatrice A. Dover, 100, of Fairview, Mich., and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 15.

Born in Kings Hill, Mich., Mrs. Dover moved from Holmes Beach to Fairview in 2000. She was a member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, High Twelve Club in Florida and Michigan, and Mio United Methodist Church in Mio, Mich. She was a former member of Roser Memorial Community Church.

Memorial services will be April 16 in Mio. Memorial contributions may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

She is survived by daughter Marguerite Hall of Stockton, Calif.; daughter-in-law Shirley of Mio; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mary A. Maes

Mary A. Maes, 98, of Bradenton, died Jan. 28.

Memorial services were Feb. 6 at First Church of the Nazarene, Bradenton. Burial will be in Port Huron, Mich. Covell Crematorium and Funeral Center is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by daughter Joyce M. Spring of Holmes Beach; sons Dr. John L. of Islesboro, Maine and Bradenton, and Dr. Wayne R. of Corrales, N.M.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Donald K. Mims Jr.

Donald K. Mims Jr., 40, of Bradenton, died Jan. 30.

Born in Biloxi, Miss., Mr. Mims moved to Manatee County in 1971. He was a longtime resident of Bradenton Beach and had attended Anna Maria Elementary School. According to a family member, "he grew up on the Bradenton Beach City Pier" where his mother operated the restaurant for some 20 years. He was an avid surfer.

There were no memorial services. Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by sister Helen of Tampa; mother Margaret and step-father Louis "Bud" Lucas of Bradenton; father Donald K. of Sarasota; step-mother Bettina Beer of Sarasota; step-sister Tanja Doucent of Wiesbaden, Germany; and step-brother Walter Beer of Sarasota.

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