Obituaries – 03-26-2014

Henry ‘Jap’ Adams

Henry “Jap” Adams, 92, of Bradenton, died March 23.

Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Army with Gen.

George Patton’s 3rd Army through North Africa, Italy, Sicily, Germany and France and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Following his military career, he returned to Cortez, where he was born and raised, and became a commercial fisherman.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. with a service following at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, at West Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Burial will follow at Fogartyville Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Adams is survived by wife Pauline; brothers Clyde of Florida and Cleve of California; sister Mable of Sarasota; son Ernie of Bradenton; granddaughters Ronda and husband Chris Bishop of Parrish and Shelby and husband David Pittman of Fort White, Fla.; grandson Derrick and wife Jacquelyn of Myakka; and great-grandchildren Amanda McCain of Ellenton, Rayna and Christopher Bishop of Parrish, and Sarah, Savannah, David and Clayton Pittman of Fort White.


Beverly Chamberlain Ekstrom

Beverly Chamberlain Ekstrom, 93, of Holmes Beach, died March 1. Prior to moving to Anna Maria Island eight years ago, she lived in California and Michigan, her home state.

A private memorial service is planned.

Mrs. Ekstrom is survived by her children, Vera Morgan of North Carolina, Peter Chamberlain of Nevada, and John Chamberlain of Holmes Beach and Gainesville; eight grandchildren, including Walter and Jean, both of Holmes Beach; and 20 great-grandchildren.


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 was held March 23, and a service was held at March 24, both at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 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.


Neil Messinger

Neil Messinger, 100, of Holmes Beach, died March 19.

Mr. Messinger lived in Bradenton for 50 years and worked at Air & Energy for more than 20 years until his retirement at age 99. He was a monthly contributor to the Salvation Army who helped many a friend. His humor and giving spirit will be greatly missed.

A private service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Tidewell Hospice.

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