Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 04-19-2017

Charles M. ‘Mel’ Bennett, Charles M. “Mel” Bennett, 85, Bradenton, died April 8. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met. He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Heaters, West Virginia, to the late Alva Robinson and Mamie Gay (Singleton) Bennett. He was married to Nancy Rae Carter Bennett, who […]

Obituaries – 04-12-2017

David Hepburn Jr. David R. Hepburn Jr. Ph.D., 75, died March 21. He was born Feb. 14, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to David R. Sr. and Lillie Williams. He attended Memphis State University, working his way through by delivering newspapers, and earned degrees in mathematics and chemistry. He then went to Ole Miss University in […]

Obituaries – 04-05-2017

Lance R. Bergeron Lance R. Bergeron, 59, died March 3. He lived on the island for many years and worked at the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach while raising his two sons as a single parent. He was known for his sense of humor, love of sports — especially the Washington Redskins — and […]

Obituaries – 03-29-2017

David Martinez David Martinez, 81, of Holmes Beach, died March 25. He was born July 15, 1935, in Susanville, California. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was the owner/operator of Somar Electrical of San Francisco. He was a member of the Lakeland Yacht Club. He loved his family and he enjoyed golfing […]

Obituaries – 03-22-2017

Betty L. Guthrie Betty L. Guthrie, 84, Cortez, died March 12. She was born in Detroit and moved to Cortez in 1942 from Grand Ledge, Michigan. She was an active member of Church of Christ Church in Cortez since 1952. She was the owner/operator of Betty’s Beauty Salon for 17 years, an award-winning manager of […]

Obituaries – 03-08-2017

Alois Grant Beer Alois Grant Beer, 75, died March 1. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, April 24, 1941, and was the oldest of two children of Alois “Allie” Beer and Betty Smith Beer. He graduated from high school in Monroe in 1959. He attended Stout State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education in […]

Obituaries – 03-01-2017

Jane Grossman Jane Grossman, a woman who did it all and showed others how to live large, died in her island home Feb. 21. She was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Elwood and Alma Shollenberger. She resided in Holmes Beach and formerly in Sarasota and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She had many journeys in […]

Obituaries – 02-22-2017

Wanda Bindley Figari Wanda Bindley Figari died Jan. 30. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, to Fred and Ethel Damm and lived there throughout her childhood. She received her undergraduate degree with honors from Indiana State University, where she also served as homecoming queen and president of Chi Omega, where she made many lifelong friends. […]

Obituaries – 02-15-2017

Elizabeth Christie-Cline Elizabeth Christie-Cline died Feb. 4. She is remembered by her family as an amazing woman with a heart of gold. Born Feb. 26, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, she grew as a young farm girl until she left the Midwest for the Florida west coast and the Gulf of Mexico. She rooted her […]