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Obituaries – 10-23-2013

Debora ‘Debbie’ Jean (Greig) Lane

Debora “Debbie” Jean (Greig) Lane, 50, of Charlotte, N. C., and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 7. She was born Jan. 8, 1963, in Smithtown, N.Y., the daughter of the late Michael Greig and Linda Pick.

Many on Anna Maria Island will remember her outgoing personality, comical stories and gestures and her passion for both life and people.

Growing up on Anna Maria Island, she began working as a young teen at her father’s shop in Bradenton Beach, Mike’s Bait & Tackle, in the mid-1970s, and later at her mother’s much loved, Linda’s Sunnyside Up Cafe in Holmes Beach, where she waitressed for many years. The “regulars” at the restaurant could attest to her perky disposition and the fun, easy style with which she greeted her customers.

Debbie and younger sister Beth were the first girls to play baseball in the Island Little League at the youth center, effectively leading the way for coed sports on the island. She was both a talented athlete and a scrappy competitor. She later coached her son Shawn’s baseball team to a league championship.

According to her family, although she moved out of state, “Debbie considered Anna Maria Island to be her home. She loved life and all her many friends she made along the way. Most of all, Debbie loved her Lord, her family, and her extensive church family at Elevation Church. She is sadly missed by all.”

Mrs. Lane is survived by her husband of eight years, Edward; a combined family of five children, including Jennifer, Shawn and Skyler of Charlotte, Bambi of Asheville, and Whitney of Atlanta; grandchildren Abby, Charity, Aurora, Zander and Aubrey; siblings Beth McIntosh and Capt. Michael Greig of Holmes Beach, Krista Greig of Sarasota, and James Greig of Crawfordville, Fla.

 

Robert H. Margraf Jr.

Robert H. Margraf Jr., 70, of Bradenton, Oct. 16. He was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Cincinnati.

Mr. Margraf was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Vietnam War. He was retired from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Bradenton. He also was a member of the Pyrates of the Gulf Coast and the VFW. He was a former member of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and Kirby Stewart Post American Legion.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Southside Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the roofing fund for Southside Baptist Church, 1604 17th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Mr. Margraf is survived by wife Teresa; brother John ‘Chip’ Thome; daughters Ann Marie, Victoria and Vanessa; son-in-law Jerry; grandson Gabriel; and many beloved friends.

 

John ‘J.M.’ Taylor

John “J.M.” Taylor, 75, of Bradenton, died Oct 10.

Mr. Taylor travelled the United States as a welder for the Boilermaker’s Blacksmith Local Union 83. One of his proudest achievements was welding work he performed on the Columbia Space Shuttle.

He retired to his birth home in Cortez and returned to his first love, commercial fishing. He worked for A.P. Bell Fish Co. He is missed and loved by all.

A graveside service was held Oct 19 at Palma Sola Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara Picard of Bradenton; children Tony, Amanda Telschaw, Tonya Freeman and Rebecca; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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