Obituaries – 08-07-2013

Jack A. Bishop Jr.

Jack A. Bishop Jr. of Bradenton died Aug. 1. He was born in California Jan. 18, 1929.

Mr. Bishop was a vetran of the Korean War. He graduated from college with a degree in mining and engineering. He worked for many years for Midland Glass Co. in Clifford, N.J., as an auditor for the engineering department. He retired to Barnega Light, N.J., and Anna Maria Island.

He volunteered for the Island Players of Anna Maria and at Freedom Village of Bradenton.

A family service is planned for a later date at South Amboy, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his son, Bruce; former wife Joan; and cousins Charlotte Horn, Joan Moore and Shirley Jonson, all of California.


DeAnn Davis

DeAnn Davis, 72, of Bradenton, died July 28. She was born in Pontiac, Mich., and moved to Bradenton in 1975 from Tampa.

Mrs. Davis was an Anna Maria Elementary School teacher, having retired from AME in 2010 after 34 years of teaching. She was active in the Manatee Education Association. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Bradenton.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Faith United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Elementary-Parent Teacher Organization, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Davis is survived by her son, James R. Jr. and wife Beth of Bradenton; daughter Helen E. and husband Eric King of Bradenton; one brother; three sisters; and four grandchildren, Caitlin, Jamie, Kiley and Dalton.


Alfred Herman Hoblitzell

Alfred Herman Hoblitzell, 94, of Holmes Beach, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died July 26. He was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Wheeling, W.Va., to the late Alfred and Alma Bauman Hoblitzell.

Mr. Hoblitzell, nicknamed “Bun,” grew up in Wheeling and graduated in 1936 from Linsly Military Institute. He attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and received a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering in 1940.

He married Phyllis Holz of Charleston June 14, 1941.

Mr. Hoblitzell was a veteran of World War II, serving as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers in the European Theater, participating in the invasion of southern France and with Patton’s 3rd Army in the invasion of Sicily.

In 1947 he joined the firm of Greife and Daley Architects in Charleston, that later became Hoblitzell and Associates. He retired in 1985 and moved with his wife to Anna Maria Island.

He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and served as a past president of the West Virginia chapter of AIA. Additionally, he was a member of the Charleston Rotary Club, the Edgewood Country Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Key Royale Club, Bradenton Country Club and served on the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board.

Services were Aug. 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, W.Va. Arrangements were by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238 or online at

Mr. Hoblitzell is survived by his wife of 72 years, Phyllis; daughters Patricia and husband John) Dixon of Albany, Ga., Sally and husband Brian Spears of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter-in-law Linda of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; grandchildren Scott Dixon of Albany, Ga., Allison and husband Matt Davis of Newnan, Ga., Chris of Lisle, Ill., Melissa of Naperville, Ill., and Alex Spears of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren Miles Davis and Lily Davis of Newnan, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.


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