Obituaries – 02-12-2013

Andrew Clyde Little

Andrew Clyde Little, 77, of Canada and a frequent winter visitor to Anna Maria Island, died July 20, 2013. He was born April 19, 1936.

Mr. Little’s volunteerism in the past winters for the Anna Maria Island Community Center and other nonprofits on the island will be missed this year.

He met his wife at Bishop’s University, where he found his profession, journalism. He went from the Canadian Press and Radio Canada International to work many years as a writer, reporter and program host with CBC in Montreal, and as a producer in Ottawa with the long-running show “On The Road Again.” He shared his skills with others as a CBC in-house trainer and part-time teacher at Concordia and Carleton universities. He also was a gifted photographer who transitioned from dark room to digital with ease.

Mr. Little enjoyed engaging in lively discussion and was the founder of two “Old Farts” men’s groups – one in Florida, the other in Ottawa. He was good at talking to people — it didn’t matter old or young.

Mr. Little is survived by wife Dolce Narizzano; son Marcus and wife Lori Hewson; and daughter, Holiday and husband Nathan Sheaff; grandchildren Hunter and wife Angela Skinner, Taylor, Lincoln and London; and His Shi-Shi, a Jack Russell terrier.

Services were private. To send condolences or share memories, a guest book can be found online at


Patricia J. Cameron

Patricia J. Cameron, 82, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 3.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Cameron is survived by her husband John and many loving friends.


Ronald E. Mills

Ronald E. Mills, 76, Holmes Beach and Lowell, Ind., died Feb 2. He was born in Gary, Ind. He wintered in Holmes Beach since 2002.

Mr. Mills was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He retired as director of Guidance at Lowell High School in 2000. He was a former member of the Cedar Creek Township Advisory Board, and a member of the American Legion, where he served on the Eli Lilly Legacy Committee. He also was a member of Knox Masonic Lodge.

There will be no local service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or Lowell High School Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Mills is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy; son Scott and wife Melinda of Littleton, Colo.; brother Robert W. of Chicago; sister Jean and husband Jerry Nash of Kouts, Ind., and Clermont, Fla.; and grandchildren Tristan and Tanner.


Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphreeobit-murphree

Deborah Kaye Yarbrough Murphree, 61, of Bradenton, died Feb. 5. She was born Aug. 12, 1952, in Dallas.

She retired after 30 of service at UPS.

She had a contagious smile, laughed often and loved to cook and entertain. She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, the nonprofit local organization that supports kids and community, with the pirate name of “Stumbles.” She will now enter the ship’s Davey Jones Honor Roll with privileged member status.

Her greatest passion was her family.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 22, at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Mrs. Murphree is survived by her husband of 39 years, Roger L.; son Eric; daughter-in-law Elizabeth; six grandchildren; sisters JoAnn, Constance, Jennifer and Rebecca; brothers Doyce III and Jon; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


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