Obituaries – 07-27-2011


Claude L. ‘Red’ Barron

Claude L. “Red” Barron, 87, of Warren, Ohio, and a frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island, died July 7. He was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Andover, Ohio.

Mr. Barron was a graduate and football player at Niles McKinley High School. He worked at Copperweld Steel as a crane operator. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was member and past officer of the several fraternal organizations, including the Eagles, Sons of Italy and Army/Navy.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date on Anna Maria Island.

Mr. Barron is survived by daughter Claudia of Holmes Beach and several nieces and nephews.


Daniel Defee

Daniel Defee, 38, of Palmetto, died July 20.

Mr. Defee was employed as a dispatcher for four years at the Holmes Beach Police Department.

“It’s just tragic to lose someone that young who was not only a good employee, but a husband, son, brother and father,” said HBPD Chief Jay Romine.

The HBPD attended the service in full dress, and an honor guard and HBPD vehicles led the procession from the funeral service to the cemetery.

Visitation was held July 24 at Mansion Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Ellenton. The funeral Mass was held July 25 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, Parrish. Burial was at Manson Memorial Cemetery.

A memorial fund for Mr. Defee’s children was established at Bank of America and donations may be made at any branch of the bank with the account number 229040731343 noted on the check, or mailed to the Defee family, 2815 94th St., Palmetto FL 34221.

Mr. Defee is survived by wife Janet and children Matthew and Abigail, as well as other family members.


Ann Kip Newell

Ann Kip Newell, 78, of Bradenton, died July 19. She was born in Ware, Mass., and moved to Bradenton in 1995 from Bow, N.H.

She was a lifetime director of Manatee Children’s Services and a member of the Key Royale Club.

A memorial service was held July 22 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee Children’s Services, 453 Cortez Road W., Bradenton FL 34207. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Newell is survived by her husband of 59 years, Isaac L. Jr.; daughters Elizabeth and husband Jon Thompson of Shutesbury, Mass.; and Jennifer and husband Steve Bouchard of Alexandria, Va.; brothers Paul and wife Judy Kip of Plant City, Fla., and Peter and wife Sally Kip of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.


Jay Allen Pritchett

Jay Allen Pritchett, 82, of Wilmington, Del., died July 9.

Mr. Pritchett served in the U.S. military from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War.

He returned to work in the Wilmington area and later became owner of several gas stations. He was owner of rental properties in Bethany Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and also in the Bahamas.

Mr. Pritchett moved to Anna Maria Island at approximately age 40, and enjoyed gardening and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Pritchett is survived by his godson, Glen Purves, of Holmes Beach, and many friends in Florida and Delaware.

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