Obituaries – 07-31-2019

Julia Ann (Clark) Lee

Julia Ann (Clark) Lee, 65, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died July 16.

Known as Annie, she was born April 24, 1954, in Tampa, to Iris Rita Sosa and Bernard H. Clark.

The family moved to Anna Maria Island in 1967 and settled in Holmes Beach on grandfather Peter Sosa’s homestead — beach-to-bay property that went south from Manatee Avenue to the intersection of East Bay and “old” Gulf Drive.

She attended Manatee High School.

She was a woman of hidden talents that only those close to her really knew. She loved her family and she loved to sing — and she had a beautiful voice. She will be remembered and missed by all who knew her.

There are no services planned.

She is survived by her husband of 19 years, James “Wyre” Lee of Cortez; sister-in-law Sandy Zell; brothers Chris, Mike and Alex; and her beloved pets.


Margaret Virginia Fulford Pippin

Margaret Virginia Fulford Pippin, 77, died June 17, at her home in Jacksonville, Texas.

She was born in 1942 in Cortez to Eugene Vernon and Sarah Louise Mora Fulford. The Fulford and Mora families were both early settlers of Cortez and have a rich history in the area.

After graduating from Manatee High School in Bradenton, Mrs. Pippin served in the military and then worked for the USDA Farm Service Agency until retirement.

She married Jimmie Pippin in 1966, and they lived in Texas until his death in 2010.

She was buried beside her husband in Meadow Cemetery in Jacksonville, Texas.

Survivors include her niece and nephew, Heather Fulford and Clyde Augustine Fulford Jr. of Bradenton; step-children Stacy and Tammy Pippin of Texas; many cousins in Manatee County; and good friends in Texas and Florida.

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