Obituaries – 03-19-2014

Lois Guthrie Fulford

Lois Guthrie Fulford, 84, of Cortez, died March 16.She was born July 12, 1929, in Cortez to the late Earl B. and Hazel Williams Guthrie.

Mrs. Fulford was a lifelong Manatee County resident and a third-generation Floridian. She was a member of the Cortez Church of Christ and a charter member of the Cortez Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She was a faithful Christian, a devoted wife, a firm but loving mother, a passionate gardener and a fabulous cook. She was married 64 years to the late Ralph M. Fulford owner/operator of Fulford Fish Co. and a former Anna Maria Island Fire District commissioner.

Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, and a service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, both at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. The family wants to especially acknowledge Mrs. Fulford’s son-in-law Tony Bailey for his loving care, as well as Bradenton Health Care staff and Hospice.

Mrs. Fulford is survived by her sister, Addie Lou and husband Eddie Coon of Sarasota; son Ralph “Rusty” and wife Pat of Scottsville, Va.; daughters Hazel and husband Steve Petree of Cortez, and Sylvia and husband Tony Bailey of Bradenton; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.


George J. Whelpley

George J. Whelpley of Anna Maria Island died Feb. 26. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Virginia at the age of 7.

Mr. Whelpley was a graduate of George Mason University. He taught elementary school in northern Virginia for 25 years before retiring to Anna Maria.

He enjoyed investing, reading detective novels, dollar beers, cards, horse racing and the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a great gift for friendship and made many lifelong friends.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217-1516.

Mr. Whelpley is survived by two younger brothers, Michael and wife Regina of Round Rock, Texas, and John and wife Ruth of Reston, Va.; seven nephews and nieces and their 10 children.

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