Obituaries – 02-27-2013

Dan Toler

Southern rock guitar legend ‘Dangerous’ Dan Toler, 65, former member of the Allman Brothers and Dickey Betts & Great Southern and the Toler Brothers bands, once a resident of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 25 near his hometown of Sarasota, Fla.

Toler was diagnosed in 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

Since then, several star-studded benefits were held to help pay his medical bills and to raise awareness of the disease.

Best known as “Dangerous Dan” Toler and brother David “Frankie” Toler were living in Holmes Beach when they both got a start with Dickey Betts & Great Southern, playing then for an overflow crowd at the Oar House bar in Holmes Beach before recording the 1977 band-titled debut album and “Atlanta’s Burning Down” a year later.

When the Allman Brothers Band reformed in 1979 —Gregg Allman also lived then in Holmes Beach — the Tolers followed Betts into the band and stayed until 1982.

They went on the road with the Gregg Allman Band, recording the hit “I’m No Angel” and the album of the same name, as well as “Just Before the Bullets Fly.”

From there, Dan Toler went on to play in several southern rock and jazz-fusion projects. His last album was with the Toler/Townsend Band, which included John Townsend of the Sanford-Townsend Band.

Frankie Toler died June 4, 2011, at the age of 59 from complications following a liver transplant.

Services and arrangements were not yet announced.


Carl L. Pfaller

Carl L. Pfaller, 93, formerly of Anna Maria, Punta Gorda and South Bend, Ind., died Oct. 28, 2012. He was born Oct. 1, 1919, in South Bend.

Mr. Pfaller and wife Amy built a cottage in 1950 on the north end of Anna Maria and spent winter vacations there until 1987, when they retired and moved to Punta Gorda.

Following Hurricane Charley in 2003, they moved to the cottage in Anna Maria and spent summers in South Bend. Some family members and friends honeymooned at the cottage and continue to vacation there.

Mr. Pfaller is survived by daughter Shirley and husband Larry Wyant and son Richard and wife Renee, all of South Bend; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Joseph M. Rothberg

Joseph M. Rothberg, Ph.D., 76, of Anna Maria since 1998, formerly of Silver Springs, Md., died Jan. 3.

A memorial service will be held at the Roser Memorial Community Church chapel at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Rothberg is survived by wife Jeanette; sons Michael William and Benjamin David; daughter-in-law, Atsuko; and grandchildren Aimee, Logan and Kaleb.


Lawrence ‘Bud’ Taylor

Lawrence “Bud” Taylor, 83, of Holmes Beach and Michigan, died Oct. 3. He was born Nov. 7, 1929 in Pontiac, Mich. He first came to Anna Maria Island some 20 years ago as a winter visitor and settled in Holmes Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean, and sister Bonnie Pettigrew of Heber Springs, Ark.

Mrs. Taylor plans to hold a remembrance service at her home at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and requests friends wanting to attend contact her for more information at 941-778-4683.



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