Obituaries – 06-01-2011

Michael J. Diemer

Michael J. Diemer, 54, of Bradenton, died May 21. He was born in West Palm Beach and moved to Manatee County in 1979.

He was a photo journalist for 25 years and then took up teaching. He was employed at Buffalo Creek Middle School for the past five years. Mr. Diemer was a member of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach. He was an Episcopalian.

A memorial Mass was celebrated May 26 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory-43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 6600 Pennsylvania Ave., Sarasota FL 34243-1142, or Senior Friendship Centers Inc., 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota FL 34236.

Mr. Diemer is survived by wife Francine; son Jeffrey; and daughter Paige, all of Bradenton; and mother Florence and brother Thomas, both of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

J.C. Ellis

J.C. Ellis, 82, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Clinton, Tenn., died May 28. He was born May 3, 1929, in Scott County, Tenn.

Mr. Ellis served in the U.S. Army in 1946-47 and was stationed in Japan. He began work in 1950 as a special agent in law enforcement for Norfolk Southern Railway. He served 37 years and achieved the rank of lieutenant in 1987 at the rail company. He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1987 to manage the railroad’s Lay-By resort in Holmes Beach for 14 years.

A celebration of life and visitation will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship in Anna Maria from 11 a.m. to noon with a funeral service to follow at noon Friday, June 3.

Memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Road, Clearwater FL 33760-9962, or CrossPointe Fellowship, P.O. Box 458, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Velma; daughters Dr. Sandra Ellis of Little Rock, Ark., and Linda Ellis of Largo; stepmother Hazel Woods of Kingston, Tenn.; sisters Joyce Woody of Kingston and Martha Harmon of Lebanon, Tenn.; brothers Dr. Roy Frazier of Sharps Chapel, Tenn., and David of Clarks Hill, S.C.; and two poodles, Max and Tiger.

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