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Plant City Observer Friday, May 26, 2017 1 year ago

Obituaries: 05.26.17

Obituaries: 05.26.17
by: Daniel Figueroa IV Staff Writer

Anne Bradford Leavitt Rutherford 

Anne Bradford Leavitt Rutherford, 77, died May 13, in Blairsville, Ga.


She passed away in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She fought a long battle with ALS and survived the difficulty of her beloved husband, Donald Verle Rutherford Jr.’s, recent death, her determination, strength and love for her family never wavering throughout.

Anne was born in Hanover, N.H., and raised in Bridgewater, Vt. She was the oldest daughter of Eugene Bradford Leavitt and Helen Viola Osgood Leavitt.

Anne received her nursing degree in 1962 in Concord, N.H. She worked as a registered nurse for 40 years. She specialized in surgical nursing and nursing leadership and was a director of nursing at several nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.

Anne married Donald, her husband of 54 years, on March 16, 1963, at South Florida Church of Christ. Anne and Don raised their children in Durant. They loved spending time vacationing in the mountains of north Georgia and, eventually, made Blairsville, Ga., a summertime residence. She was passionate about making memories with her family, especially time spent with her grandchildren.

Anne was a pillar of unwavering faith, strength, integrity and love to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten. Her strong desire to create cherished memories will have an everlasting impact on our lives.

Anne is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Clarence Duckworth, Lynn and Warner Copeland, Terri and Perry Nix, and Dawn and Richard Warren; stepson, Tim Rutherford; grandchildren, Brandon, Griffin, Austin, Bailey, Schuyler, Carter, Cassidy, Owen, Gracie, Aiden, Lily, Charlotte, Bella and Saylor; great-grandchild, Blakely; and loving sisters, Jean, Linda, Edna, Dottie, Joan and Julie.

A funeral service was held May 25 at Blairsville Church of Christ.

A public burial will be held at 10 a.m. on June 10 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Plant City.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The ALS Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037 or an online donation can be made at

Beverly Foster Knotts

Beverly Foster Knotts, 82, of Plant City, died May 20.

She was born in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 5, 1934.

She graduated from Mulberry High School in 1952. She loved her family and church and she enjoyed playing bridge and gardening.

She is survived by her sons, Johnny Knotts, and Andy Knotts (Jeanne) of Plant City; grandchildren, Marlee, Lexi, Regan, Drew, and Jackson; sisters, Carol Lee (Bill) of Palm Harbor, and Iris Conley (Dale) of Lakeland; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Knotts; daughters, Susan Knotts, and Infant Knotts; and siblings, Donald Foster, and Sandra Amaral.

A celebration of life was held on May 25 at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Committal followed at Memorial Park, Plant City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Expressions of condolence can be left online at

David Winskey

David Winskey, 78, of Henagar, Ala., formerly of Plant City, died May 21 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 27 at Lebanon Baptist Church, 110 N. Forbes Road, Plant City, with Bro Joe Bowles officiating.

Visitation will follow the service.

He is survived by his wife, June Winskey; sons, Dwayne Winskey (Sabina), Christopher Winskey (Robyn), Michael Winskey (Debra), Daniel Winskey (Cori); daughter, Cheryl Camero; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents LJ and Rita Mae Winskey; four brothers; and two sisters.

Announcement provided by Kerby Funeral Home.

Marjorie Trimbath

Marjorie Trimbath, 93, of Lakeland, May 15.

Private Services will be held.

Charles Alton Poole

Charles Alton Poole, 75, of Plant City, died May 12.

The family received friends at Haught Funeral Home Chapel on May 18.

Clarence Clifton

Clarence "Junior" Clifton, 84, of Riverview, formerly of Dover, died May 19.

Arilla Smith Johnson

Arilla Smith Johnson, 81, of Tampa, died May 19.

She was born in Plant City in 1936.

Billy Richertson

Billy Richertson, 72, of Plant City, died May 18.

He was an Evangelist at First Gospel Tabernacle of Plant City.

Dennis Leon Griffin

Dennis Leon Griffin, 71 died May 12.

He was born in West Point, Ga., but spent most of his life in Plant City.

He is survived by one daughter, Angela Griffin; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Jeannie Venning and Susan Howard; and six nieces and nephews.

A private interment will be held at Mt. Enon Cemetery.

Ervin ‘Lefty’ McDonald

Ervin "Lefty" McDonald, 86, of Plant City, died May 12.

He was born in Illinois in 1930.

He was a hard worker and will be missed by many.

He is survived by a loving family.

Care was provided by Hopewell Funeral Home.

Martha Lane Christie

Martha Lane "MeMa" Christie, 99, of Plant City, died May 19

Thomas L. Fulford

Thomas L. "Tom" Fulford, 80, of Plant City, died May 16.

He was born in Georgia in 1936.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Fulford, and a loving family.

Helen Crow

Helen “Jeanette” Crow, 72, of Plant City, died May 15.

She loved music and lived her dream by singing in her own band. She is survived by a loving family.

Marjorie Trimbath

Marjorie Trimbath, 93 of Lakeland, died May 15.

She is survived by a loving family.

Condolences may be left for the family online at

Earl Sloan

Earl Sloan, 88, of Plant City, died May 18.

He loved his family and enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Nettie Moore Sloan, and a loving family.

Care was provided by Hopewell Funeral Home.

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