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10.13.17 Obituaries

10.13.17 Obituaries

Darold Lee Stallard

Darold Lee Stallard, 48, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at home in Valrico. 

A celebration of life was held in his honor at New Hope Church at the Cornerstone, 315 N. Collins St., Plant City 33563 on October 7, 2017. 

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Willard L. DeShong

Willard L. DeShong, 85, of Dover, died October 1. 

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Angela Hazen Jacobsen

Angela Hazen Jacobsen, 48 went home to Heaven, Sunday October 1st, 2017.  

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John L. Wilson, 52, of Tampa, died September 29.

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Ivella Gillum

Ivella Gillum, 99, of Plant City, entered into eternal rest on October 3.

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Tony Rice,

Tony Rice, 61, of Dover, Florida, born on April 3, 1956 in Troy, Ohio, entered into eternal rest on October 4, 2017. 

He was a lifetime farmer, known as the "Pepper King", and a seed salesman with Seedway, and he was a member of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association and the Plant City Elk's Lodge #1727. He loved his family, he enjoyed participating in their activities and boating on the Chassahowitzka River, and was an avid fan of drag racing, Nascar, and football. 

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Rice; children, Tiffany Rice (Johnathon) and Ryan Rice (Karah); step-children, Nicole Bass (Tommy) and Adam Quagliani; grandchildren, Clayton Brock, Bailey Brock, and Aubrey Rice; step-grandchildren, Kyndall Bass and Tanner Bass; father, Ronald Rice; siblings, Lynne Warren (Mike) and Doe Stidham (Darby); brother-in-law, Jimmy Melton (Robin); and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Rice. 

A Celebration of Life will be held October 28 at 5:00pm at the Plant City Elk's Lodge, 1501 N. Alexander Street, Plant City. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice at, American Cancer Society at, or a cancer research organization of your choice. 

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Lillian Colon

Lillian Colon, 68, of Brandon, born in 1949 in Puerto Rico, was carried home in the arms of Jesus on October 4. 

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Millard Smiddy

Millard Smiddy, 69, of Mulberry, born on December 31, 1947 in Kinver, Kentucky, entered into eternal rest on October 5. 

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Frances Futch

Frances Futch, 86, of Plant City, born on January 12, 1931 in Jacksonville, entered into eternal rest on October 6. 

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Susan Miller Burt

Susan, or “Sue” 78, of Plant City, Fl passed away October 3, 2017. 

Susan graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1957. Susan went to St. Pete Jr College where she graduated with an associate of science in nursing in 1960. She completed her bachelors of science in nursing from the University of Miami in 1965. 

She met Donald G Burt Jr. while working as a staff nurse at Tampa General Hospital. They were married a short time later on October 5, 1963. 

She worked as an oncology and visiting nurse in Colorado for over 10 years. Eventually, she settled in Plant City where she became school nurse for Hillsborough County School Board and served at Marshall Middle School for over 15 years. 

Because of her passion for nursing and serving the kids of Plant City, she postponed retirement until 10/10/2012 at which time she was 73. Upon retirement, she continued on with her affection to serve others. 

She was devoted to her Church, First Presbyterian of Plant City, the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, the Bruton Memorial Library, and the train depot of Plant City. Susan was devoted to serving in her favorite Chamber events which included the Suncoast Credit Union Plant City Pig Jam, Car Show and people watching at the Plant City Bike Fest.  

Her hobbies included amateur ham radio (call sign KE4BRY), swimming 500 yards a day, volunteering as swim coach for Lakeland Christian and Plant City High School, golfing, puppet ministry, church choir, gardening, and showing off her converse sneakers. Most importantly, Susan loved her family and bringing her unique and contagious joy into their lives. 

Susan Burt is survived by her daughter, Ginger Stowell; son-in-law, Gregg Stowell: daughter, Marjorie Burt-Harkey; son, D. Douglas Burt; daughter-in-law, Jessica Burt; sister, Diane Wilke; sister, Marjorie Ferrer; brother, Bruce Miller; and five grandchildren, Dennon Harkey, Payton Harkey, Mason Stowell, September Stowell, and Jaxon Burt. 

We would like to immortalize her light through a celebration of life ceremony at 3:00 pm, on Sunday, October 15th at First Presbyterian Church of Plant City, 404 W Reynolds St, Plant City, Fl 33563. 

The family requests memorial contributions be sent to United Food Bank of Plant City, Susan M Burt Memorial, 702 E Alsobrook St # H, Plant City, FL 33563. Or to Susan M Burt Shoes for Kids









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